We all have our favourite comfort foods, mac-n-cheese, potato salad, meatloaf, chicken soup, mashed potato’s, shepherd’s pie, roast beef…and the list goes on and on. They say we eat comfort foods because they provide sentimental feeling to the person eating it. I can’t agree more. Growing up in my house one thing you could count on was Spaghetti once a week. My mother would make the meatballs, cook them in the oven and when they were cooling my sister and I would raid them…they were so good and garlicky! She would toss them in whatever sauce was in the pantry and let them stew for a few hours.
My father would then dump a pound of processed parmesan cheese on his, we would all yell at the horrid smell calling it stinky cheese then proceed to eat our dinners.
I still eat spaghetti about once a week. In the summer it’s lighter sauce, in the winter heavier…I never make it the same way twice; meatballs and sauce included.
Here is my guideline for Heather’s Comfy Spaghetti n Meatballs:
1 pound of lean or medium grass fed beef
1/2 pound of pork
sour dough bread ripped into large bite-size pieces
1/2 cup of whole milk
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 large sweet onion finely chopped
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup light oil
1) soak bread in milk and then squeeze milk out of bread
2) add all ingredients together in large bowl and loosely mix together, do not handle the meat to much just enough to mix all ingredients together
3) form balls twice the size of golf balls
4) heat up butter and oil together and brown balls in batches, set aside
Large can of roma tomato’s
1/2 cup red wine (Dry)
3 strips of thick bacon
1 tsp butter
shallots finely chopped
2 garlic cloves minced
1) Saute, bacon in butter then add garlic and shallots, cook for about 2 min
2) let little brown bits form on the bottom of the pan then add the wine cook for another 2min
3) add tomatoes, crush them in your hands as you are putting them in the pot
4) cook for about 30min
While your sauce is cooking add your browned meatballs to cook fully in the sauce.
This is a very rich dish, not for the faint of heart, but makes mine go pitter patter every week and JJ asking for more. I hope you enjoy!