Thursday, February 12, 2009

Barefoot Bloggers: Real Meatballs and Spaghetti

The first of this month's BB recipes was Real Meatballs and Spaghetti and was chosen by Rebecca of Ezra Pound Cake. Her blog is always entertaining and informative, so definitely check it out if you haven't already!

I had a hard time psyching myself up for this one because meatballs just gross me out for some reason (not a logical one, of course). I never really order them when we go out, and the thought of making them was just icky. However, since I knew I had control over all the ingredients that would be in these, I figured I'd give it a try, and would just have to get over the constant touching of the raw meat factor while I was forming them.

One thing I did do differently from the recipe was to bake them at 450 for 20 minutes or so (I liked a little bit of crunch on the bottom of them, though). There was just enough fat left in the pan that I didn't need any extra olive oil once I got to the step with the onions. I also cut the meatball part of the recipe in half because with only 2 of us, I knew we'd never eat all of them. I'm also a huge garlic fan, so I added about 50% more garlic than what the recipe called for in the sauce part.

This dish turned out well, but I still like my other tomato sauce recipes better (one is with meat, one is without). I might make it again if we have guests, because it does look nice. The time spent making the meatballs isn't worth it to me for our normal weeknight dinners, though. It was good to get out of my usual recipe rut and try something new!

Be sure to check out how this worked for everyone else over at Barefoot Bloggers. And, if you like Ina Garten's recipes, come play with us! It's only twice a month - we can all handle some extra calories twice a month, right?


Suzie said...

It does look good. We really enjoyed it.

Anonymous said...

So you still don't like meatballs? I baked ours too... I can't handle frying anything.


PS: It took me years to get over the feel of raw meat in my hand.

Cynthia's Blog said...

I am glad you tried this. (When I was pregnant, my kids wanted chicken, but the thought of touching it literally made me barf) My neighbor had to do it for me.

Anonymous said...

I don't make meatballs much either, but I really liked these a lot! I didn't get to cook all mine, so I froze the rest and that was PLENTY.