As I work my way through The Bais Yaakov Cookbook, I decided to make a foray into the meat section. What could be simpler than meatballs? The ingredients for this recipe were also easily on hand so I dove right in!
Ingredients: ground beef, eggs, bread crumbs, ketchup, garlic, onion, tomato sauce, sugar, brown sugar, lemon juice
Substitutions: I have used corn flake crumbs instead of bread crumbs when there were none in the house. I have also used ground turkey instead of ground meat if that was more readily available
First I combined the ground meat, ketchup, bread crumbs, eggs and spices into a mixture. Then I threw all the sauce ingredients into a pot and brought it to a boil. I then rolled balls from the meat mixture, dropped them into the simmering sauce, covered it and let is sit for two hours until done.
During the simmering phase the house was filled with a delicious aroma and several hungry people wandered into the kitchen asking when the meatballs would be ready for consumption. If you serve your meatballs over rice or noodles it is a good idea to prepare that during this time as well.
The Results: Delicious! And easy. However the two hour cook time means this is not necessarily fast. The one change I would suggest to the printed instructions is to prepare the sauce first. Having the simmering sauce on hand means that once you make the meat mixture you can drop the balls right in. Otherwise you are cleaning your hands from raw meat and throwing together the sauce while the meat mixture sits waiting.
Using a large pot also helps there be room for all the meatballs to sit in a single layer.