Saturday, December 4, 2010

What's for dinner?

Swedish Meatballs!

I don't remember if I ever told you about the Simply Recipes blog before.  It's my all time favorite food blog.  You can get lost in the blog- saving and printing recipes.  If you like to cook, I highly recommend that you take a peek and wander around this great blog.

The latest entry is Swedish Meatballs (photo from the Simply Recipes blog).  I remember this dish as being pretty popular in the 60's and 70's when I was growing up in Philadelphia.  My mom used to make them, although I'm not sure her recipe was as sophisticated as the one on Simply Recipes.  I can close my eyes and "see" a big plate of wide egg noodles with these meatballs and lots of gravy over them... along with a green vegetable like beans, peas, or maybe cabbage.  I'm thinking peas right now....

This recipe calls for a mixture of beef and pork for the meat.  We use a lot of buffalo in place of regular beef.  It's a lot lower in fat, cholesterol and calories.  Plus- it's local since I live near a buffalo ranch.  But the lower fat content makes it behave a little differently in recipes like these.  I think I might try mixing buffalo with pork and see if the results are good. I'll let you know how it turns out!

A big thanks to Elise Bauer and all of her wonderful contributors on Simply Recipes for giving us such an amazing blog!


free indeed said...

Sounds yummy! I make Swedish meatballs a couple of times a year. Nice comfort food. We raise out own beef, and what often happens, we keep the bull for us for super lean hamburger, so I do understand about these lean meats acting different. Whenever I can, I always mix a bit of ground pork in with whatever recipe calling for just adds wonderful flavor.

WoolenSails said...

That used to be one of my specialty dishes to make, everyone loved it. If I recall we used lipton onion mix and the secret ingredient my mom shared with me was nutmeg if I recall. Been years since I made it.


quiltmom anna said...

Once upon a time I would make Swedish meatballs for Christmas Eve when we decorated the tree with friends.
Now we have the tree trimming party earlier and I no longer make a meal. Instead we have appetizers and sweets for the friends that come in.
Thanks for the link to Simple Recipes- it sounds like a nice way to find some new recipes.
I have never eaten buffalo- we will have to try it some time.

Lori said...

swedish meatballs--YUM

Micki said...

Yes, I had them in Philly when I grew up there. It is a yummy dish!

Judy S. said...

Yum! I just read your stuffing idea...gotta try it. This is a busy time of year, isn't it? I am way behinde in blog reading. That's going to be a gorgeous quilt. How fun to liven up January with a wedding!