Sunday, August 12, 2012

Mini Meatballs in a Fire-Roasted Tomato Sauce

I'm sorry that I haven't posted anything in a while, but I do have a good reason... Well, it's actually multiple reasons.

The main reason that I've been gone was mainly because I left my camera charger over at Sean's and when I went there to get it, I left the cord at my place. It's one thing that I don't like about living so far away from each other. It's not fun dragging things back and forth and forgetting things that I need. You would think after 4 years that I would be used to it.... wrong.

Another excuse reason is this heat. Honestly, this heat is making me not want to do anything. It has been over 100 degrees and we've had few thunderstorms with flash flood & tornado warnings. (Not something I'm in love with). Turning on the oven or standing in front of the stove was definitely not something that I wanted to do. But I did do it the other day when my dad asked me to make him the Mini Meatballs in a Fire-Roasted Tomato Sauce (posted below) and Sean wanted Roasted Tomatillo & Green Olive Salsa (which he took home before I could snap any photos of, so I am not posting the recipe *sad face*) 

As for anything crafty, I was busy sewing away at Ace's seat cover for my car. I decided to make a seat cover that not only covered the seats, but also covered the doors (unlike the ones sold in stores) since Ace has a habit of scratching the fabric when he hangs his head out of the car window. And with it being a new car, I wasn't about to let him destroy the inside with his paws. That project took me a while to complete just because my sewing skills are still developing. (Pictures of the seat cover to come). On top of that, I have been working at finishing up a scrapbook that I do every year for Sean's and mine anniversary.

Towards the end of last week, my dog, Ace, had all these bumps on him and I spent the entire day worrying about them. Apparently he had an allergic reaction to something (I still can't figure out what) and it wasn't fun dealing with him because every time I'd try to pet him or look at his coat to see if they were going down or not he would get angry. I felt so bad, but it went away after about a day and is feeling 100%.

It was also my mom's birthday this past weekend so I attempted to make her an angel food cake (And pretty much failed at) so instead went out and we got an ice cream cake instead and I made a little banner for it.

I promise that I'll post something other than food soon, but for today's post it is going to be the Mini Meatballs in a Fire-Roasted Tomato Sauce that I made for my dad. The meatballs that I made were full of flavor and I loved that it had both ground beef and Italian sausage in it. I also loved how both the meatballs and sauce were super simple to make. The sauce definitely tasted a lot better with fire-roasted tomatoes and the best part was it wasn't expensive to make. These meatballs didn't last long at my parents and was eaten with pasta and as a sandwich.

Here's the recipe:
(Adapted from Family Circle Mini Meatball Lasagna)


For Meatballs:
1 lb lean ground beef
1 lb Italian sausage, casings removed
1/4 cup plain bread crumbs
1 egg
2 Tablespoons milk
2 Tablespoons Parmesan
2 Tablespoons olive oil

For Sauce:
1 small onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 (28oz) can fire-roasted crushed tomatoes
1 (28oz) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1/8 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
crushed red pepper to taste, optional


For Meatballs:
1. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, sausage, bread crumbs, egg, milk and Parmesan. With wet hands, shape into mini meatballs (about 60 or so) using about 2-3 teaspoons of mixture for each meatball.
2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of the meatballs and cook for about 5 minutes, shaking pan to turn meatballs while maintaining their shape. (A spatula also helped with turning the meatballs) Remove to a paper towel lined plate and repeat with remaining meatballs. Reserve some of the drippings in pan. 

For Sauce:
3. Using the same pan, lower heat to medium. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in both crushed and diced fire-roasted tomatoes. Add crushed red pepper and meatballs. Simmer for 15 to 20  minutes, tasting and adjusting salt and pepper, if needed. Remove from heat and stir in basil. 
4. Serve over cooked pasta or in a roll with grated Parmesan. 


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