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Making Meatballs – How Did I Do?

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Good Morning Darlings!

You all know I love to cook and entertain. When I saw this video, I about lost my mind and knew I had to try this recipe.

I bet some of you have seen this meatball stuffed with mozzarella video, too, right?

Here’s what my meatballs looked like before adding them to the sauce in the crockpot.


And here’s what they looked like all cooked and ready to gobble down.


Don’t you love that tiny plate? I get them at CB2. Here is a link to their new holiday line which I must order immediately. How cute are these? No, I don’t advertise for CB2, but hey, if they feel like sending me the new line, I would not complain. :)

So, how did they turn out? Not as expected. Here are my notes:

1. Make bigger meatballs so you can stuff a bigger piece of cheese inside. For some reason, I thought I counted 22 meatballs in the video. Math is not my strong suit. My cubes of mozzarella were small and totally disappeared in the meatball. NONE of the meatballs had that cheesy center I was hoping for. Next time: Make 15 big meatballs with a much bigger cube of cheese. Heck, slather them all with a thick layer of mozzarella cheese. You can never have enough cheese.

2. Brown the meatballs before placing in the crockpot. I know this rule, but got lazy and thought they would be just as good. Nay nay my darlings. The sear really adds to the flavor, so I will be taking this extra step next time.

3. Make your own sauce. DO NOT USE JARRED SAUCE. This probably goes without saying, but I’m saying it anyhow. I make mine with an entire bottle of red wine. Do not judge me.

4. Don’t use almond milk in place of whole milk in meatballs. I thought this substitution would work. It did not. I think it contributed to much tougher meatballs than I would have preferred.

5. After making the meatballs, put them in the fridge overnight and then reheat. Why? They get greasy and after a nap in the fridge, you can skim all that fat off and have nothing but meat and sauce.

Verdict: I would definitely make these again, but with the above tweaks. What a fab way to feed a crowd. Eric and I made spaghetti with this and each had 3 meatballs, which left us with a ton of meatballs and sauce leftover that went straight to the freezer for a busy night. I don’t know about you, but November is going to be crazy busy around here!

Happy cooking!

xoxo, Patti

Raising A Glass With Nobilo Icon

Friday, December 6th, 2013

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How wonderful to see you all – I have been very busy.

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Eating Here and There

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

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I have been so busy, but you have been on my mind.

Join me inside?

What’s A Purloo? What’s A Syllabub?

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

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What’s a purloo? What’s a syllabub?

Great question! See inside for the answer…

Still Dreaming of the Beach

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

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So, we took a look at what I envision the beach vacay to be. Now let’s talk about what to make to eat.

What says ‘beach food’ to you?

Backdoor Italian

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Good Morning Darlings!

Last night, my friend and business partner, Carrie, were out and about scouting locations for our newest Atlanta Movie Tour. This one will be based on Atlanta’s favorite housewives and will be called The Keeping It Real Tour.

It goes on sale next week and will start on June 25th (shameless plug!)

Anyhoo, after a few locations, we decided we needed a nosh, but didn’t want to cook.

What should 2 hungry entrepreneurs do?

Cookbookery Club – Ole!

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

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It’s Cookbookery Time again! What did we make this month?

Come on it!

Cookbookery Club Goes South

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

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This month our Cookbookery Club chose The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook. It included recipes for all things southern and delicious.

It was more like Thanksgiving than a Saturday night

Get Ready For Mardi Gras!

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Good Morning Darlings!

My birthday is Monday and starting today the celebrations start.

Today, pedis with bestie Holly at Spa Sentio.

What else is up?

The Haggis Chronicles

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Good Morning Darlings!

When our sweet friend, Stephanie, asked Eric and I to join her Cookbookery Club back in December, we were thrilled. The premise – choose a cookbook and allow everyone to prepare a dish, then get together and chow down.

That sounds perfect for us! Of course we would love to join!

This month was very exciting!