Tuesday, April 3, 2007

mom's meatballs

cooking for someone is one of the ways i know best to show my love for them and i give my mom the credit for that. she provided the basis of my passion for food.
her cooking is a pillar of family get togethers and the taste of her signature dishes triggers many happy memories. some of my fondest memories of my grandparents are of us spending long summer days picking fruit and then canning it in our cool basement. i loved cooking with her as a kid and i still love cooking with her.

in addition to having excellent street cred, my mom is a certified winner of the betty crocker award. here is one of her most famous recipes:

mom's meatballs

1 lb ground beef
1 egg
1/2 cup onion, finely diced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 tsp dried mint (secret ingredient!)
2 tbs ketsup
plain bread crumbs - start with 1/2 cup and add more until mixture forms semi-firm meatballs

mix ingredients by hand and roll into balls. saute in frying pan until browned and cooked through. add to marinara and simmer for at least 30 mins.
sometimes i use ground bison instead of beef. the result has a good flavor and is healthier for you but has a firmer texture.


Mom said...

I was glad to see you mentioned the option of using ground bison. I use ground bison almost exclusively now in place of ground beef. Gotta stay healthy in my old age!!

Dave said...

I bet the bison is awesome.