Mar 09 2014
I love meatballs and I have several different recipes around the site. I even have a recipe for Swedish meatballs, which I concocted myself. That one is good, but I have to say, this recipe is divine. It comes from a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook that was published in 1977 and was given to me by my mother-in-law. Just goes to show that oftentimes, it’s best to rely on classics that have withstood the test of time. And, this recipe is perfect for today because it’s National Meatballs Day!
1 onion, chopped $0.47
3 tablespoons butter, divided $0.18
1 egg, lightly beaten $0.20
1 cup light cream $0.88
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs $0.63
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped $0.25
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg $0.08
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger $0.07
1 1/2 pounds ground beef $8.54
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour $0.02
1 cup beef broth $0.50
1/2 cup brewed coffee 0.29
Total cost $12.13
Cost per serving $2.02
1.) In a skillet over medium heat, melt one tablespoon of butter. Add onion and cook just until translucent and then set aside to cool slightly.
2.) In a large mixing bowl combine egg and cream, and then stir in bread crumbs. Add cooked onion, parsley, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and ground ginger. Add beef. Mix well and wet hands slightly to shape them into 1-inch meatballs.
3.) Place the same skillet onions were cooked in over medium heat and add remaining two tablespoons of butter. Whisk in flour, and cook for about two minutes until mixture is smooth. Whisk in beef broth and coffee and stir. Cook until the mixture is bubbly. Add meatballs, cover, and simmer for about 30 minutes, basting occasionally.
4.) Serve and enjoy!