Monday, April 3, 2017

What's cookin': Swedish meatballs

It's been awhile since I've posted a recipe and I'll say that in this season of life I'm not necessarily cooking food that warms my personal soul, I'm currently all about quick and easy meals that everyone will eat. I'd add "with minimal complaining", but who I am kidding? With an almost 6 and 4 year old, there's something wrong with anything I put in front of them; whether it be how I sliced the apple, the need for more or less sauce, or the fact that my telepathy didn't know they needed their back scratched while eating ... insert eye roll : )

I'm loving the recipe videos floating around on the internet these days and saved this recipe a few weeks ago because it's right up Mike's alley and figured that worst case, the girls would eat plain noodles. Much to my surprised they both actually liked both the meatballs and the noodles! I made the meatballs in advance and the meal itself came together quickly, but did require me to be at the stove most of the time.

Swedish Meatballs
from Tasty

For the meatballs:
1 pound ground beef
½ cup seasoned bread crumbs
½ finely minced onion
1 egg
½ tablespoon salt
½ tablespoon pepper
2 tablespoons canola oil

For the sauce:
2 cups beef broth
2 cups milk
½ tablespoon salt (for sauce)
½ tablespoon pepper (for sauce)
1 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
4 cups egg noodles
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
½ cup chopped parsley

In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, onion, egg, salt, and pepper, (I added a couple dashes of Worcestershire sauce) mixing until evenly combined. Heat the canola oil in a pot over medium-high heat. Take about a golf-ball size of the meatball mixture and roll it into balls. Place the meatballs into the pot, cooking for one minute. Flip the meatballs.

Add the beef broth, milk, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce and give it a stir. Bring the liquid to a boil, then add the egg noodles. Stir constantly until the pasta is cooked and the liquid has reduced to a sauce that coats the noodles, about seven to eight minutes. Add the parmesan and the parsley, stirring until the cheese is melted. 

Picture courtesy of Tasty