My Mom’s Meatball Recipe

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My Mom’s Meatball Recipe.

Ages ago when I was a little kid sometimes on Sunday my Mom would make “Spaghetti and Meatballs”. She never had time during the week because she worked in Newark, NJ and didn’t get home to our house in North Arlington until about six. As my sister, Loretta, aka “Woogie” and I got older we would be helping. This was how my Mom taught us to make her Meatball Recipe.

 

Put the chopped beef and pork in a big bowl.My Mom's Meatball Recipe1 poppopcooks.com

 

Add all the other ingredients and mix it all together. Woogie and I used our hands because it was just more fun that way. 

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Our mom used to form the meatballs by rolling a chunk of the mix in her hands then frying them in a skillet to get a crust on the outside so that they would be less likely to break up while cooking in the sauce. Now-a-days I set the oven at 400°F,   scoop the meatballs with an ice cream scoop and put them on to a cookie sheet.

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8-10 minutes and they are browned on the outside.

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Simmer in a pot or sauté pan covered with some of your good Simple Marinara Sauce, or some store bought stuff, it’s ok, for about 30 minutes. Stir them around regularly being careful not to break them up.

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Here it is with Penne pasta instead of spaghetti. Sorry Mom.

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Of course some good Chianti and some homemade bread hot out of the oven. We also had some Caprese Salad to round things out.

Bob Appetit!!

 

AND, put the extras in zip bags in the freezer so they will be ready for you to team them up with some of your marinara sauce from the pantry or freezer for a weeknight, nuke it, no brainer.

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  1. Put the chopped beef and pork in a big bowl. Add all the other ingredients and mix it all together. Woogie and I used our hands because it was just more fun that way.
  2. Our mom used to form the meatballs by rolling a chunk of the mix in her hands then frying them in a skillet to get a crust on the outside so that they would be less likely to break up while cooking in the sauce. Now-a-days I set the oven at 400°F, scoop the meatballs with an ice cream scoop and put them on to a cookie sheet. 8-10 minutes and they are browned on the outside.
  3. Simmer in a pot or sauté pan covered with some of your good Simple Marinara Sauce, or some store bought stuff, it's ok, for about 30 minutes. Stir them around regularly being careful not to break them up.
  4. Here it is with Penne pasta instead of spaghetti. Sorry Mom. Of course some good Chianti and some homemade bread hot out of the oven. We also had some Caprese Salad to round things out. Bob Appetit!!
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  5. AND, put the extras in zip bags in the freezer so they will be ready for you to team them up with some of your marinara sauce from the pantry or freezer for a weeknight, nuke it, no brainer.
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Garlic Chicken with Parmesan Sauce

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Garlic Chicken with Parmesan Sauce is the way we have settled on as our favorite way to enjoy Garlic Chicken. If you google Garlic Chicken you will find lots and lots of different twists on this quick and easy dish. We’ve had it in a lot of different real good Italian restaurants and I’ve made it a lot of different ways. This is the one we like the best. 
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First butterfly a large skinless, boneless chicken breast. Or, you could just go with 4-6 chicken tenders. Put a skillet on at medium high and add 2 tbsp. of olive oil. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper then place them in the skillet. Cook 2-4 minutes a side depending on the thickness. While the chicken is cooking chop up the garlic. When the chicken is firm to a finger poke and/or the liquid running out is clear they are done. Remove them to a plate that will catch the drippings.

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Add the garlic to the pan and scrape the bits off the bottom with a wooden spoon.

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As soon as the garlic starts to sizzle add the white wine, grated parmesan cheese and the parsley.

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Stir it all together and let it come up to a simmer. Put the chicken and the drippings into the pan and turn them over a couple of times as they warm back up. Just a minute or so.

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Put all of the sauce with all of the garlic on the chicken as a topping. Serve it with your favorite pasta and your favorite wine.  See those drippings in the dish? Poppop’s easy homemade bread is great for dipping as you enjoy your Garlic Chicken with Parmesan Sauce.

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  1. First butterfly a large skinless, boneless chicken breast. Or, you could just go with 4-6 chicken tenders. Put a skillet on at medium high and add 2 tbsp. of olive oil. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper then place them in the skillet. Cook 2-4 minutes a side depending on the thickness. While the chicken is cooking chop up the garlic. When the chicken is firm to a finger poke and/or the liquid running out is clear they are done. Remove them to a plate that will catch the drippings.
  2. Add the garlic to the pan and scrape the bits off the bottom with a wooden spoon. As soon as the garlic starts to sizzle add the white wine, grated parmesan cheese and the parsley.Stir it all together and let it come up to a simmer. Put the chicken and the drippings into the pan and turn them over a couple of times as they warm back up. Just a minute or so.
  3. Put all of the sauce with all of the garlic on the chicken as a topping. Serve it with your favorite pasta and your favorite wine. See those drippings in the dish? Poppop's easy homemade bread is great for dipping as you enjoy your Garlic Chicken with Parmesan Sauce.
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Turkey Dressing Poppop’s Way

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Not to brag, but, my family and friends have all told me that I make great Turkey Dressing. So, to all that have asked for the recipe,,,,here it is!

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Put your biggest sauté pan on at a little higher than  medium . Cut up a pound of bacon as in the pic. Don’t pull the slices apart just lay it out and cut off about 1/8″ off at a time. Put the bacon in the pan and let’s start on the sausage.

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Slit open a 1lb. tube of plain breakfast sausage.

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Then slice and chop up the sausage a bit.

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Add the sausage the pan and break up the pieces as best you can. As they cook they get easier to break up.

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Chop up the liver and add it to the pan.

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With a sharp knife remove the sinew from the outside of the gizzard and the heart.

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Chop up the meaty part that is left, add it to the pan and mix everything up real good.

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Chop up a large onion and five or six cloves of garlic. Push the meat out to the edges of the pan and add the veggies to the bare spot in the middle. Spread them out and let them cook for about two minutes then mix it all together. The veggies are going to continue to cook as your dressing cooks.


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Now ya gotta try to remember that old Simon and Garfunkel song. Add 3 tbsp. each of dried “parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme”. No salt because there is already some in the bacon and sausage.

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Mix it all together and let it cook for about 15 minutes more, stirring often. If it looks too dry  swirl a little olive oil in.

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Put the two loaves of bread in a big bowl and tear them up by hand. Dump the potion from the pan into the bowl on top of the bread.,

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Add about 1 cup of cold water.

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and squish it all together breaking up any larger chunks of bread as you encounter them. You might need to add more water if it feels too solid. It needs to be squishy but not runny.

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Spray a deep baking dish with oil and add the dressing. Cover and put it in the oven with the turkey for an hour. Remove the cover and poke you finger in the center. If it’s hot remove the cover and bake for another 10-15 minutes. If your turkey still has a ways to go and your dressing is done you can always put it back in the oven for the last 10 minutes or so of turkey time to have it hot for serving.

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Enjoy! I hope you like it too. BTW the carrots you see on the turkey and dressing are from the gravy that we made with the drippings from the turkey pan. That’ll be in the next post.

 

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Prep Time 20 minutes
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  1. Put your biggest sauté pan on at a little higher than medium . Cut up a pound of bacon as in the pic. Don't pull the slices apart just lay it out and cut off about 1/8" off at a time. Put the bacon in the pan and let's start on the sausage.
  2. Slit open a 1lb. tube of plain breakfast sausage. Then slice and chop up the sausage a bit. Add the sausage the pan and break up the pieces as best you can. As they cook they get easier to break up.
  3. Chop up the liver and add it to the pan. With a sharp knife remove the sinew from the outside of the gizzard and the heart. Chop up the meaty part that is left, add it to the pan and mix everything up real good.
  4. Chop up a large onion and five or six cloves of garlic. Push the meat out to the edges of the pan and add the veggies to the bare spot in the middle. Spread them out and let them cook for about two minutes then mix it all together. The veggies are going to continue to cook as your dressing cooks.
  5. Now ya gotta try to remember that old Simon and Garfunkel song. Add 3 tbsp. each of dried "parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme." No salt because there is already some in the bacon and sausage. Mix it all together and let it cook for about 15 minutes more, stirring often. If it starts to look too dry swirl a little olive oil in.
  6. Put the two loaves of bread in a big bowl and tear them up by hand. Dump the potion from the pan into the bowl on top of the bread. Add about 1 cup of cold water and squish it all together breaking up any larger chunks of bread as you encounter them. You might need to add more water if it feels too solid. It needs to be squishy but not runny.
  7. Spray a deep baking dish with oil and add the dressing. Cover and put it in the oven with the turkey for an hour. Remove the cover and poke you finger in the center. If it's hot remove the cover and bake for another 10-15 minutes. If your turkey still has a ways to go and your dressing is done you can always put the dressing back in the oven for the last 10 minutes or so of turkey time to have it hot for serving.
  8. Enjoy! I hope you like it too. BTW the carrots you see on the turkey and dressing are from the gravy that we made with the drippings from the turkey pan. That'll be in the next post.
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Sautéed Chicken with Honey Balsamic Sauce – Quick and Easy

Sauteed Chicken

There are hundreds, no, maybe thousands of ways to do sauteed chicken. We have it one way or another 2 or 3 times a week. It’s easy, good and with so many ways to do it we never run out of new twists on this old favorite.

Last night we had it with a honey and balsamic sauce. One of Gammy’s favorites and it’s gluten free.

First heat up a skillet  with about a tbsp. of olive oil. Salt and pepper one side of the chicken pieces. Put them in the pan seasoned side down and season the up side. We’re going with chicken tenders that we grabbed out of the freezer and defrosted in the microwave. Cook them about 4-5 minutes a side or until they are firm to a poke.

The veggies frying.
The onion and garlic getting ready

While the chicken is cooking cut a quarter of a medium sized onion into strips and chop up 4 garlic cloves. When the chicken is done put it aside in a dish that will catch the drippings. Add  about a tbsp. of butter, pinch each of salt and pepper and the veggies. Mix them up with a wooden spoon getting the bits from the chicken off the pan and mixed in with the veggies.

Cook em ’til they are getting translucent then add 1/2 cup of chicken broth, about 3 tbsp. honey and about 2 tbsp. of balsamic vinegar. Bring it to a simmer and let it reduce by about 1/3.

IMG_0152Put the chicken and the drippings in the sauce and let them heat up for about 2 minutes turning them often.

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Serve it up! We had some leftover rice in the freezer (we always do) and plus there was some of the Spaghetti Squash from the other night hanging out right next to the rice. Or you could go with whatever leftover stuff you have in the fridge. Or just cook up the veggie and carb of your choice. How’s that for a world class, real quick and easy gluten free meal?

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  1. First heat up a skillet with about a tbsp. of olive oil. Salt and pepper one side of the chicken pieces. Put them in the pan seasoned side down and season the up side. We're going with chicken tenders that we grabbed out of the freezer and defrosted in the microwave. Cook them about 4-5 minutes a side or until they are firm to a poke.
  2. While the chicken is cooking cut a quarter of a medium sized onion into strips and chop up 4 garlic cloves. When the chicken is done put it aside in a dish that will catch the drippings. Add about a tbsp. of butter, pinch each of salt and pepper and the veggies. Mix them up with a wooden spoon getting the bits from the chicken off the pan and mixed in with the veggies. Cook em 'til they are getting translucent then add 1/2 cup of chicken broth, about 3 tbsp. honey and about 2 tbsp. of balsamic vinegar. Bring it to a simmer and let it reduce by about 1/3. Put the chicken and the drippings in the sauce and let them heat up for about 2 minutes turning them often.
  3. Serve it up! We had some leftover rice in the freezer (we always do) and plus there was some of the Spaghetti Squash from the other night hanging out right next to the rice. Or you could go with whatever leftover stuff you have in the fridge. Or just cook up the veggie and carb of your choice. How's that for a world class, real quick and easy gluten free meal?
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