Yesterday I had decided that Meatballs and Mashed Potatoes sounded really good for dinner. I knew that we had both ground beef and potatoes, and that I could wing any of the other ingredients we didn't have. So I set forth.
First I had pulled the meat out of the fridge about twenty minutes before I started cooking. Doing so, makes the meat ever so much easier to work with! ( <-- Bonus tip there. And for the record, I don't think our temps passed 50 yesterday.)
Dump your meat into a mixing bowl. (I was using just over five pounds of meat.)
HERE for some bonus tips about Garlic Powder)
;-p). Then chop both ends off. Next, chop the onion in half. Then hold one half with one hand, while you use the other hand to use your knife and make thin slices (hopefully you can see what I mean in this picture).
HERE for some bonus tips about using eggs). [I was using over five pounds of meat, so I used five eggs].
;-p} When you empty a bread or bun sack, dump out all of the crumbs and save your bags! [I just decided to do a posting soon about many of their wonderful uses]. Place your crackers (I used one sleeve of Toll House (TM) Crackers) into the bread bag.
SPRAYED skillet, I added a couple of tablespoons of butter to it.
Once They had been turned and browned all around, I used a thick plastic spoon to scoop them out of the frying pan and into a baking pan.
This is where Plan A fell apart. Literally. Grumble grumble. Bother!!
Took a deep breath and decided that if they wanted to be in pieces, I would let them. In-fact, I would help them!
Instead of using two baking pans for the meatballs, I just piled them a bit deeper.
Make up a garlicky white sauce and pour it over the top. Then instead of making mashed potatoes (which I had planned to do while the meat balls baked), we'll have egg noodles with the meatball concoction on top.
Why dirty another pan? Perhaps the stuff left from browning up the meat balls will add good flavor to the white sauce. So in went the rest of the stick of butter. Topped with some pepper.
Add some salt.
: white sauce) over the top of the broken down meat balls, figuring it would ooze down into them during baking.
When I took the foil back off, it looked pretty much like it had when I had covered it. Only browner. Had a baked look to it. (Guess I shouldn't have thickened the sauce as much as I did).
"Oh-h doesn't that just look yummy" I sarcastically said to Kayla.
"It might not look yummy, but it sure does smell yummy!!!" ( :->)
Here is what it looked like on top of the egg noodles.
Like I said, I decided to go ahead and share this tale with you hoping that it will come to mind the next time you experience something similar, and thus reassure you a - that you are not the only one it happens to, and b - that you CAN get creative and still feed your family. Yes, still feed them from the mess or disaster that you have sitting in front of you.
Please be brave and tell us about a similar experience you've had!!
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NEXT WEEK, I 'plan' on linking this particular posting up to:
[FOR THE RECORD, I have never linked up to any of these particular blog parties before. Go to THIS posting to see what ones I do often participate in.]
~ "Recipe Swap Sunday('s)" are hosted by Cassity, at 'Remodelacholic' (http://www.remodelaholic.com)
~ (Monday's) "Your Recipe, My Kitchen", hosted by Kristen, at 'Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker' (http://www.wiseanticsoflife.blogspot.com)
~ "Dr. Laura's Tasty Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Dr. Laura (Aridgides), at 'Dr. Laura's Adventures' (http://www.whoislaura.com/)
~ "Tuesday Night Supper Club", is hosted by Christy Larsen, at 'Fudge Ripple' (http://fudgeripple.blogspot.com/)
~ "Totally Tasty Tuesday's", are hosted by Mandy, at 'Mandy's Recipe Box' (http://www.mandysrecipebox.blogspot.com/)
~ "What's Cooking Wednesday('s)", are hosted both by 'The King's Court IV' (http://thekingscourt4.blogspot.com/search/label/What%27s%20Cooking%20Wednesday) and 'Turning The Clock Back' (http://turning-the-clock-back.blogspot.com/search/label/what%27s%20cooking%20wednesday)
~ "Whatcha Makin' Wednesday('s)", are hosted by "bookaddict4real", at 'Scrapaddict4sure' (http://www.scrapaddict4sure.com/)
~ "Friday Potluck('s)", are hosted by Erin, at 'EKat's Kitchen' (http://www.ekatskitchen.com/)
~ "Fat Camp Friday('s)" are hosted by Miranda, at 'Mangoes and Chutney' (http://www.mangoesandchutney.com)