Saturday, March 28, 2009

Marry Me, Meatball!

I tried another one of Pioneer Woman's recipes tonight...and it was fabulous! She wasn't kidding when she said they will smell so good you'll want to marry them. I especially felt this way after eating them! So here it goes...BBQ Meatballs accompanied by Delicious Creamy Mashed Potatoes.

BBQ Meatballs - Comfort Food to the Max


1 1/2 pounds ground beef
3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons very finely minced onion
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
plenty of ground black pepper


1 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire
4 to 6 tablespoons onion
Dash of Tabasco

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.
Remove 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.

Delicious, Creamy Mashed Potatoes

5 pounds Russet or Yukon Gold Potatoes
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) Butter
1 8-ounce pkg. (softened) Cream Cheese
1/2 to 3/4 cup Half & Half
1/2 to 1 tsp. Lawry's Seasoning Salt
1/2 to 1 tsp. Black Pepper

Peel and cut the potatoes into pieces that are generally the same size. Bring a large pot of water to a simmer and add the potatoes. Bring to a boil and cook for 30-35 minutes. When they're cooked through, the fork should easily slide into the potatoes with no resistance, and the potatoes should almost-but not totally-fall apart.

Drain the potatoes in a large colander. when the potatoes have finished draining, place them back into the dry pot and put the pot on the stove. Mash the potatoes over low heat, allowing all the steam to escape, before adding in all the other ingredients.

Turn off the stove and add the butter, cream cheese, and half & half. Mash to your heart's content. Then, add the Lawry's and pepper.

Stir well and place in a medium sized baking dish and top of with a few pats of butter. Place in a 350 degree oven and heat until butter is melted and potatoes are warmed through.



  1. Oh my goodness. These look fantastic. I can't wait to try them. Thank you! Btw, I LOVE your blog!!!!!! ::grinning::

  2. So I made these for dinner tonight. My family loved them. Sarah even packed down 3 or 4. That's big for her. We had noodles, but wish we'd done mashed potatoes instead. Thanks for the recipe Martha!!! It's a new addition to the regulars, I think.