Monday, April 18, 2011

Deliciousness!! (Comfort Meatballs from Ree Drummond)

Have you ever heard of Ree Drummond (aka "The Pioneer Woman")??  She is becoming quite famous and it all started because of her blog.  One of the most popular parts of her blog is her recipes.  She has actually cooked with Paula Deen and will soon have her own show on Food Network.  She also has a best-selling cookbook and I just happen to have a copy (Thanks, Mom!).  Her cookbook is where I found this recipe.  Simply put, you must try it - these meatballs are "to die for!"

In her cookbook, she refers to these as "Comfort Meatballs."  On her blog, they can be found under "BBQ Meatballs."  You can call them whatever you like - I call them delicious!!!  I consider them easy to make, but they do require some prep work & time.  However, they are completely worth it!!  So here's the recipe:

Ree Drummond's BBQ Comfort Meatballs

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
3/4 cup quick oats
1 cup milk
3 tbsp finely chopped onion
1 1/2 tsp salt
black pepper

4 tbsp canola oil
1/2 cup flour

1 cup ketchup
2 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp distilled white vinegar
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
4-6 tbsp minced onion
Dash of Tabasco

In a bowl, combine ground beef & oats.  Add milk, onion, salt, and; pepper.  Stir to combine.  Roll mixture into 1 tablespoon size balls and place them on a large cookie sheet.   Refrigerate them for 30-45 minutes.  (I got 36 meatballs.)

**UPDATE: I have started using frozen meatballs for this recipe. Makes it much quicker and it is still one of my family's favorites!!!! 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and heat canola oil in a large skillet.  Dredge meatballs in flour and brown them in batches in the oil.  As you brown them, place them in a 13x9 baking dish.  Stir together the ingredients for the sauce and pour over the meatballs.  Bake for about 30-45 minutes, until bubbly.

I served them with mashed potatoes and green beans.

Maybe if I came up with more recipes like this, I would become famous, too!!  Oh well - for now I will just add this recipe to my "must make frequently" file and be famous in my own mind every time I cook these meatballs of deliciousness!!!

(In order to make sure I don't break any blog laws of plagiarism, let me reiterate again - this recipe is NOT my recipe.  It was created by and found in the cookbook of Ree Drummond - The Pioneer Woman.)


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