Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Sunday Dinner: Spaghetti & Homemade Chicken Meatballs
There's something so satisfying about eating pasta on a Sunday. Well, for me there's something so satisfying about eating pasta every day, but Sundays are extra special. ;-)
On Saturday, Tomas' grandfather gave him his old-fashioned, manual meat grinder so Tomas could practice making homemade hamburgers (more about that in a few weeks). As for me, I have been craving chicken and/or turkey meatballs for ages but they don't have them here. So, we took a couple of pieces of chicken, ground them up, and transformed them into some delicious chicken meatballs. Paired with homemade sauce and fresh pasta, and it was the perfect Sunday dinner (that we ate at 3:30pm). Growing up, my family used to eat Sunday dinners at around this time as well. For me, it's easier to only to have to cook one meal, rather than two, making Sunday pasta dinner a win-win!
I didn't really take any measurements while I made the chicken meatballs, I just added the ingredients to my liking and they came out great! For now, I can share with you the ingredients that I used, and hopefully soon I will have an official recipe up for those, as well as my homemade sauce!
For the chicken meatballs we used about 2-3 thinly sliced chicken breasts. After putting them through the grinder, I added 1 egg, about a handful of chopped parsley, 2 chopped garlic cloves, "Long's Peak Pork Chop Spice" (available at Savory Spice Shop) salt, black pepper, shredded parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. Then, I fried them until they were golden on the outside, and plopped them into the sauce, and continued to cook them there for a few more minutes.
The final product looked something like this:
Do you like chicken meatballs? Have you ever ground your own meat before? As time goes on, I find myself enjoying (more and more) to make things from scratch, and I really like the idea of being able to make my own freshly ground chicken. The only downfall is the cleaning of the contraption, which is kind of a pain, but I think it may be worth it!