Meatballs are great as a meal, or served at a party. It can become tiresome always having meatballs in a red sauce, or grape jelly and chili sauce, or even Swedish meatballs. I don’t know about you, but I need variety, baby! What goes better with beef than cheese? Oh yeah, great idea! And because I was feeling lazy, I didn’t feel like mixing 2 lbs of meat with a wooden spoon. (I just can’t get in there with my bare hands). So . . . Food Processor it was! It took only about a minute. I still didn’t want to touch the meat, so I used my 2” cookie scoop to form the balls. Piece of cake! Then, since we were leaving, I filled my food processor up with soapy water and let ‘er rip! Clean as a whistle.
We took the meatballs to a neighborhood party today and they disappeared. Here’s how I made them:
INGREDIENTS: YIELDS 50 2” Meatballs
1 lb Ground Beef
1 lb Ground Pork
1 cup Onion, Sliced
6-8 cloves Garlic
2 Mini Sweet Peppers, rough chopped
3-4 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce
2 TBSP Milk
2/3 cup Romano cheese, grated
1 cup Bread Crumbs
½ tsp each of Salt and Pepper
CHEESE SAUCE INGREDIENTS:
4 TBSP Butter
2 TBSP AP Flour
¼ cup Chardonnay
1 TBSP Honey Dijon Mustard
½ cup Onion, finely chopped
1 mini Sweet Pepper, finely chopped
1 ¼ cups Milk
1 TBSP Parsley
1 tsp Garlic Powder
Optional: ½ tsp Chipotle Chili Pepper Powder and 1 scant tsp Tarragon
½ cup Sharp Cheese, grated
1/3 cup Swiss Cheese, Grated
8 oz Velveeta Cheese, cubed
One 8 oz can Mushrooms, drained well
In Food Processor bowl, place all Ingredients except Meat. Pulse or Blend until well incorporated. Add Meat in thirds and process again until you end up with a mixture similar to Meatloaf.
Using a 2” Cookie Scoop, place Meatballs on a baking tray. Bake at 350° F for 25 minutes.
In 3-quart saucepan, melt Butter. Add Flour and stir for 3-4 minutes over low heat until mixture thickens.
Add Chardonnay and Mustard, stirring to combine. Add Onion and Pepper, simmer for 5 minutes. Add Milk and Seasonings. Bring to a slow boil.
Slowly begin adding Sharp and Swiss Cheeses to barely simmering mixture. Stir regularly. Once everything is completely melted, add Velveeta and stir until melted.
Add Mushrooms. (I use canned Mushrooms because fresh will add unwanted liquid to the Sauce. If you want to use fresh, cook them first and drain liquid.)
Add the Meatballs to the Cheese Sauce, stir, and serve.
NOTE: If you fill your food processor about an inch from the top with hot water and a good squirt of dish detergent, it will just about clean itself.
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By Tika for CHEW WANNA EAT? © 2018