Monday, April 27, 2009

life in philly

One of the best parts about living in Philly is getting to see more of Mom Mom and Pop Pop. We had a delish dinner at their house last night. Mom Mom's ziti and meatballs are to die for! Thomas loves them (no shock there) and even jack gobbled them up (so maybe there was a promise of an ice cream sandwich). Thank you Mom Mom!
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Mom Mom's Meatballs
1.25 lbs ground beef (roughly)
1.25 lbs meatloaf mix (roughly)
2 eggs
~ 1 cup milk
onion salt, pepper, parm cheese Italian seasoning, garlic powder (eye ball it) and other tasty seasonings that strike your fancy (I am certain this is why mine never taste as good as hers!)
2-3 slices of bread
italian breadcrumbs (enough to soak up most, but not all, mixture)
1 lg jar Prego
1 small jar Ragu
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp sugar

Into a large bowl, break two eggs. Add milk. Whisk that mxture with a fork and add a bunch of onion salt, some pepper, some parmesan cheese, some Italian seasoning, a little garlic powder and about 2-3 slices of bread. Then add Italian breadcrumbs so that most but not all of the mixture is soaked up. If it gets too dry add some milk. Add ground meat and mix throroughly with hands (eww!)

Mix large jar Prego and smaller jar of Ragu into a large pot. Form small meatballs with hands and dump them RAW into the sauce. They will cook as the sauce simmers. When all the meatballs are in, add butter and sugar to the sauce. Turn heat to a slow simmer, cover the pot and let it simmer for 2-3 hours. Try to stir periodically (while being very gentle to the meatballs... they are fragile! We don't want any of those tasty little buggers to be tempted to stick to the bottom of the pot.)

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