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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Cheater Cannoli

I’ll bet that you love cannoli. I’ll also bet that you have never made them. I agree. Who wants to fry those tubes in deep hot oil? I thought this was my brilliant idea until I read up on cannoli and found out that starting in the 1930’s people that were as lazy as me had started making them with pizzelles.

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First you are going to need a pizzelle iron.  You can find them at Bed Bath and Beyond or Kohlers or click on the link for amazon. We have always had one. Sometimes the grandkids help me make a batch of pizzelles and they take home a bag of them, covered in powdered sugar. Plug in the iron and set it at about 3/4 of the way from lowest to highest. Wipe off the cooking surfaces and spray them with oil. spray again for each batch. Melt the butter in the microwave or on the stove. Mix the flour and the baking powder in a bowl and set aside. Put the eggs and the sugar in another bowl and whisk together or do it with a hand held mixer for 2-3 minutes until it thickens up. Slowly add the butter and the vanilla mixing as you go. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and mix it all together. You can over mix this so just get it smooth. Add a dollop of the dough to each hot spot. You will make some too big and some too small until you get the size right for your pizzelles. The pizzelle iron that  these links take you to has a light that tells you when the pizzelles are done.

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When they are done lift them out with a fork and right away wrap them around Cannoli tubes set them on a mopeen, er, towel with the seam side down and a weight on the top like the cooks fork and the honing steel you see in the pic.

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It just takes a couple of minutes to cool off and keep their shape as you are cooking up the next pair.

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When you are done making your tubes. You make the filling. It’s super easy. Just mix the powdered sugar and the ricotta cheese together. Add some extras if you want. The most common is chocolate chips then comes ground up pistachios. You can add just about anything. We’ve seen them with cherries, raisons, chopped up walnuts and on and on. Or, you could just use the filling with nothing else added.

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Enjoy! With some espresso and some samboca.

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Prep Time 10 minutes
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  1. First you are going to need a pizzelle iron. You can find them at Bed Bath and Beyond or Kohlers or click on the link for amazon. We have always had one. Sometimes the grandkids help me make a batch of pizzelles and they take home a bag of them, covered in powdered sugar. Plug in the iron and set it at about 3/4 of the way from lowest to highest. Wipe it off the cooking surfaces and spray them with oil. Respray for each batch. Melt the butter in the microwave or on the stove. Mix the flour and the baking powder in a bowl and set aside. Put the eggs and the sugar in another bowl and whisk together or do it with a hand held mixer for 2-3 minutes until it thickens up. Slowly add the butter and the vanilla mixing as you go. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and mix it all together. You can over mix this so just get it smooth. Add a dollop of the dough to each hot spot. You will make some too big and some too small until you get the dollop size down pat. The pizzelle iron that these links take you to has a light that tells you when the pizzelles are done.
  2. When they are done lift them out with a table fork and right away wrap them around Cannoli tubes. Set them on a mopeen, er, towel with the seam side down and a weight on the top like the cooks fork and the honing steel you see in the pic. It just takes a couple of minutes to cool off and keep their shape as you are cooking up the next pair.
  3. When you are done making your tubes. You make the filling. It's super easy. Just mix the powdered sugar and the ricotta cheese together. Add some extras if you want. The most common is chocolate chips then comes ground up pistachios. You can add just about anything. We've seen them with cherries, raisons, chopped up walnuts and on and on. Or, you could just use the filling with nothing else added.
  4. Enjoy! With some espresso and some samboca.
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Frittatas for People on the Go

I can't eat just one.

Gammy makes these and they are great! When your running a little late in the morning but your real tired of “energy” bars this is great. You know what, it’s great even when you’re not in a rush.

 

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All the Frittata ingredients

Heat oven to 350F. Mist 2 muffin pans (12 cups each) with cooking spray. Cook the bacon until it is as crispy as you want it. Break it up into about 1/2 inch pieces and set aside. In a large skillet at medium high heat add the oil and let it heat up. Add the onions, peppers, mushrooms and asparagus. Stir them together and cook until they are soft, about 5 minutes. In a large bowl whisk the eggs, milk and basil until it is all mixed up real good. Stir in the the bacon, cheese and all the rest of the veggies.

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Frittatas ready for the oven.

Spoon the mixture into the muffin cups filling them about 3/4 full. Bake for 20 minutes or until they are firm. Not like a rock and not like mushy. Just firm.

I can't eat just one.
Um Um good!

Of course you are going to have to have one or two as soon as they’ve cooled off enough to handle. If there are any left put them in a zippy bag and in the freezer. Then when you are in your morning mode and in a rush to get going put 1 or 2 in the microwave for 30-45 seconds and nosh on it as you leave to face your day.

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  1. Heat oven to 350F. Mist 2 muffin pans (12 cups each) with cooking spray. Cook the bacon until it is as crispy as you want it. Break it up into about 1/2 inch pieces and set aside. In a large skillet at medium high heat add the oil and let it heat up. Add the onions, peppers, mushrooms and asparagus. Sprinkle in the salt and pepper. Stir them together and cook until they are soft, about 5 minutes. In a large bowl whisk the eggs, milk and basil until it is all mixed up real good. Stir in the the bacon, cheese and all the rest of the veggies.
  2. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cups filling them about 3/4 full. Bake for 20 minutes or until they are firm. Not like a rock and not like mushy. Just firm.
  3. Of course you are going to have to have one or two as soon as they've cooled off enough to handle. If there are any left put them in a zippy bag and in the freezer.
  4. Then when your in your morning mode and in a rush to get going put 1 or 2 in the microwave for 30-45 seconds and nosh on it as you leave to face your day.
    I can't eat just one.
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