Sunday, March 22, 2009

Grape Jelly Meatballs

Well, I'm going to try this again. I really am going to put more of an effort into staying up and current on the blog. I've at least started taking photos of what I've actually cooked. If, say, I've actually cooked. So yes, more of an effort coming your way.

So how was your week? My week was interesting. And it flew by. Last weekend I was up in Michigan doing a four mile race walk with my mom. I came in third in my age group and she came in fourth in hers. Mom and I have done a couple of these type of races. I'm not supposed to run and Mom hates to exercise. It was a beautiful sunny day and we were going along pretty good until about 20 yards from the finish when a 90 year old man started to pick up speed and gain on us. I put in a final burst of speed and Mom wanted the guy to feel good about himself. I crossed the line seconds before him and then waited for Mom to cross seconds later.

The race drama was then followed by a nasty bought of bubonic plague, or the cold that just won't die. Fevers were abounding in the Shazam household. But I'm tired of being sick so I didn't call the doctor. Instead I substitute taught some very dull English classes and attended my university classes at night. I make a really bad English teacher. I just don't know how to make a class interesting when the lesson plan is read pages 160-176. hmmmm.

I also discovered that I'm turning into a fast food junkie. I have a funny feeling that maybe stopping at Taco Bell twice in one week might be contributing to not feeling so well (but those silly beef meximelts are so yummy.) Just a thought. I've decided Wendy's needs a rest because they keep screwing up my order. Who eats a baked potato with nothing at all on it? I did. After I asked the girl to make sure there was a fork in the bag and she didn't check to see if there was any butter or sour cream or anything in there too.

The Brain had a poker night since the last time I blogged. Centuries ago. And poker night always means fun food. This time I sent him over with a crock pot full of Grape Jelly Meatballs. They sound weird, I know. But really they are super delicious. The recipe is from a cookbook my mom gave me for Christmas several years back that she had hand written some of her good old recipes. She has written this recipe comes from Cooking Light, but I really really doubt it. And it's not on their website. She's been making these meatballs forever and they're a family favorite. They're now a poker night favorite too!

Grape Jelly Meatballs
from my mom ala "Cooking Light"

2 pounds ground beef
1 cup breadcrumbs
2/3 cup skim milk
1/2 cup minced fresh onion
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp pepper
1 large egg, lightly beaten
cooking spray
1 cup ketchup
1 cup grape jelly

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Combine first 9 ingredients in a bowl; shape mixture into 54 (1-inch) meatballs. Place half of the meatballs on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Bake for 20 minutes or until done. Set aside. Repeat procedure with remaining meatballs.

Combine ketchup and jelly in a large nonstick skillet. Bring to a boil over medium heat, cook until well blended- stirring frequently. Once sauce is smooth pour the sauce into a crock pot. Add the meatballs and keep warm in the slow cooker.

My mom uses her fondue pot to keep the meatballs warm.


Mrs. White said...

My mama makes these all the time, and I LOVE THEM! I used to think that this was a weird recipe unique to just her, but I guess that mixing grape jelly and meatballs is "A Thing."

Amanda said...

I've never, ever had these, but have seen the recipe just about everywhere. I suspect it was a 50's-era BH&G or some such recipe that is obviously delicious but certainly an unusual combination. Jelly & ketchup do make a nice sauce after all. My mother used to mix apricot jelly and ketchup for a mock asian sweet & sour sauce. There are thousands of variations--different jellies, ketchup, bbq sauces, etc.

Don't feel bad about being busy; sometimes life happens that way. I would have loved to see photos from the race! Sounds like a great mother-daughter experience.

We are secret fast food junkies ourselves. Taco Bell = delish, and cheap. And LOVING the Lenten fish deal at McD's. For us, it's all about finding the best-tasting and filling deal on the cheap... it's a game we enjoy playing. :)

The Blonde Duck said...

Those sound really neat! Congrats on your walk! Those 90 year olds are fast! ;)

breadchick said...

OK those are just about my favorite way to make finger food. I do this with teeny weenies for parties. But I think I'll try it with meatballs.

Bellini Valli said...

Sounds like you're having a busy time. These meatballs are a blast from the past...and a good one:D

glamah16 said...

Glad to see your back. Back away from the fast food nd get cooking!

Siri said...

That's hilarious about your "out-kicking" that old guy- I would have done the same, your mom appears to be a little nicer than us.

These look like the exact same meatballs my grandma has been bringing to potlucks for the past 20 years- classic.

the cheap chick said...

My BFF Larue actually had these at her wedding, that's how much we love them! And now you can make them gluten-free by using Simeks (a local brand) wild rice meatballs. Yum!

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