OK, marketing department, we need to have a chat.
I understand it’s tough to come up with appealing names for all these crazy recipes you whip up. But really, “Meatball Yummies?” How am I supposed to serve these at any party with adults — a faculty potluck, a baby shower, football tailgating — and when they ask what I’ve brought, I brightly smile and say, “Meatball Yummies!”
This is the language I use with an infant when I’m trying to convince him no, squooshy peas are really delicious, open your mouth here comes Split Pea Soup Yummies!
1 lb. ground beef
1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
2 tablespoons Prime Choice Steak Sauce
2 tablespoons oil
1/3 cup Prime Choice
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
Combine beef, bread crumbs, egg, and 2 tablespoons Prime Choice. Mix and shape into 1 inch meatballs. Brownin oil in skillet. Drain fat from skillet. Combine 1/3 cup Prime Choice, brown sugar, and butter with meatballs in skillet. Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes or until done. Makes about 2 dozen meatballs.
Or maybe these are choice hors d’œuvre intended for a children’s party.
This promises to be a very brown dish.
Not even the egg yolk can add much color here.
Here are the meatballs. Where are the yummies?
Like any hamburger recipe, a lot of grease comes out of the meat when it cooks. (All that oil sure was necessary…)
So. We drain off all the oil and fat. And then we add butter. (WHAAAAAAT…)
I guess… this is the yummies?
They then simmered for 15 minutes to finish cooking and absorb a bit of the surrounding flavor. It was nice to be able to walk away from the insanity for a little while and pretend I wasn’t about to try to eat this.
The extra cooking time was basically just an opportunity for more fat to come out of the meatballs, making for a very goopy, greasy sauce.
See that yellow greasy smear around the sauce? Yeah, that’s all the butter leaking out.
Alternative recipe names suggested during the meal:
- Sweet Meat
- Meatballs Cooked in Three Kinds of Grease
- Triple Greaseballs
- Pickle Meatballs
- Meatball Yuckies
- I Don’t Like These, Stop Asking Me What They Should Be Called
To give the recipe some credit, the meatballs were very tender. The breadcrumbs and egg balance was wrong (or something), because they tended to fall apart easily. But the vinegary flavor (from the steak sauce) and the extra sugar, not to mention the loads of grease, made these downright unpleasant. You’d have to serve these as party snacks, because nobody would want to eat more than one.
Shelf Life Taste Test agrees that these meatballs look pretty grim and gloopy.