Wednesday, September 15, 2010

What's For Dinner

Thanks to everyone who asked about the apple butter. I think it turned out very well! I saved a little in a plastic container for us to have this morning. (I didn't make biscuits after all, because I overslept) However, I did make oatmeal and toast. The apple butter was delicious in the oatmeal AND on the toast. I think it's a keeper. Even picky boy ate it on his waffles this morning. He doesn't do oatmeal so he got frozen waffles and bacon.
So after my day in the kitchen yesterday I was feeling ambitious. I have been digging through blogs and other sites to find some good fall recipes. The weather here is cooler and I'm craving comfort food that I wouldn't have made in Hawaii.
My friend Mindee at Our Front Door has a fabulous blog and she has a whole section of recipes. If you go to her blog and click on the tab that says "In the fridge"  You will find lots of yumminess and the recipe that I made for dinner tonight. Spaghetti and meatballs.
Before I go bragging about how I pulled this off I must admit that I didn't make my sauce. I used a jar. The jars are so good that I rarely make my own sauce. I have done it, just not tonight.
So, I get ready to make the meatballs. I get the ingredients out, mix it all together, heat up my skillet with olive oil and pull the recipe over to make sure I haven't forgotten anything. Ooops, she doesn't brown hers in a skillet, she bakes them in the oven. Once again, I got ahead of myself on a recipe and messed it up. I had the pan with the hot oil so I browned them that way. I dumped my jars of sauce into a large pot and as I drained the meatballs, into the sauce they went.

Mindee also suggests putting the sauce and meatballs into your crockpot to cook all day. I planned to do that until I realized my meat was frozen this morning. I had to let it thaw THEN make the meatballs THEN cook them and put them into the sauce. Hopefully, next time I will be better prepared.
I also made the Pioneer Woman's Buttery Rosemary Rolls. Let me just tell you that these are by far the best rolls I have ever eaten. I could've skipped the meal and had the pan of rolls. They are so easy too! The hardest part of this recipe is remembering to get the frozen dough balls out of the freezer so they can thaw and rise during the day. Other than that, you brush some melted butter on them, sprinkle with some kosher salt and rosemary and easy peasy... you have gourmet bread.
I hit a homerun with dinner tonight. Picky boy loved the spaghetti and meatballs. He especially loved those rolls. He even ate the roasted asparagus I made. I call tonight a success.
Tomorrow night, I think we're having meatball sandwiches. I have way too many leftover and just can't bring myself to start over and make a meal.
Try these rolls and let me know what you think!


Michelle said...

Frozen meat is so frustrating! Your post just reminded me to the ground beef out of the freezer for tomorrow's tacos. I can't wait to try those rolls. I knew your apple butter would be a success. Congrats!

Mindee@ourfrontdoor said...

So glad you like the meatballs. Your browning method was just fine. I use the oven because it's less of a mess. Thanks for the kind words about the recipe.

For future reference: if your meatballs are frozen but cooked, you can put them in the crock pot that way. I do it all the time.

Uncooked, you would have to bake them first.