“Comfort” Meatballs

com·fort
ˈkəmfərt
noun
                    1.   the easing or alleviation of a person’s feelings of grief or distress.
Last night I made the most amazing meatballs called “Comfort Meatballs”.  They had some different ingredients than I am not used to adding in a meat mixture.  Oatmeal.  Milk.  But by and large the sauce that was drizzled over the top was “over the top” delicious..  So why are they called “Comfort” meatballs?
First of all,  if you have ever made meatloaf or meatballs before, I hope you used your own hands to mix the ingredients together and form a loaf or balls out of the meat mixture.  There is just something therapeutic about getting messy and  squishing all that stuff together.  It’s like being in preschool all over again and playing in a sensory table filled with wet sand or floam or making things with playdough.  Squish, pat, mold!
Secondly,  Have you eaten a delicious meatball lately?  These meatballs were warm and soft yet tangy and flavorful.  Reminds me of being at home eating my mother’s cooking.  I guess it’s like the definition says.  Easing the stress of the day or alleviating feelings of grief.  Mmmmm!  Delicious.
Are you hungry for some meatballs now?  If so, check out the following recipe from the “Pioneer Woman”  Website and whip some up.  Comfort yourself.  You deserve it.IMG_20160210_192659

Comfort Meatballs

PREP TIME:
15 Minutes
DIFFICULTY:
Easy
COOK TIME:
45 Minutes
SERVINGS:
6 Servings

INGREDIENTS

  • FOR MEATBALLS
  • 1-1/2 pound Ground Beef
  • 3/4 cups Oats
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 3 Tablespoons Very Finely Minced Onion
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • Plenty Of Ground Black Pepper, to taste
  • _____
  • FOR COOKING MEATBALLS
  • 1 cup All-Purpose Flour (coating For Frozen Meatballs)
  • Canola Oil
  • _____
  • FOR SAUCE
  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire
  • 4 Tablespoons (to 6 Tablespoons) Onion
  • 1 dash Tabasco

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine all meatball ingredients. Roll into medium-small balls and place on a cookie sheet. Place sheet in freezer for five minutes.

After 5 minutes, remove meatballs from freezer and immediately dredge in unseasoned flour.

Brown meatballs in canola oil until just brown. Place into a baking dish.

Combine all sauce ingredients. Pour over meatballs and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Serve with egg noodles, mashed potatoes, or crusty French bread.

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