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We had this recipe for spaghetti & meatballs last night…

Spaghetti & Meatballs

Meatballs:

  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 slice white bread, cut into cubes
  • 1 pound 80 percent lean ground beef
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 sticks mozzarella string cheese, cut into small cubes or 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • Nonstick cooking spray

Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (16-ounce) box spaghetti

Directions

For Meatballs

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a large bowl combine the milk and bread. Let the bread absorb the milk. Add remaining meatball ingredients except the cheese. Using your hands, gently combine all the ingredients until they are thoroughly mixed. Take about 3 tablespoons of the meat mixture and roll into a ball and press into a patty. Place a mozzarella cube or 1 tablespoon shredded cheese onto the patty and bring up the sides around the cheese and roll between hands to form a ball. Place onto a nonstick baking sheet or a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Repeat process with remaining meat and cheese. Place the meatballs into the oven and cook for 12 minutes. Remove baking sheet from the oven and set aside.

For Sauce:

In a medium pot heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and saute for 3 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes. Gently stir in the meatballs and any pan drippings from baking sheet and simmer for another 5 minutes.

Spaghetti:

Cook the spaghetti in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain and place the pasta on a large serving platter. Place the meatballs over the spaghetti, pour the sauce on top and serve immediately.

and then I made these calzones with the leftover meatballs today…

Calzones.

  • 1 pound refrigerator pizza dough (I used a batch of mom’s homemade bread dough)
  • 2 cups leftover spaghetti and meatballs, chopped
  • 1/4 cup leftover tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or if you have a nonstick baking sheet, lining is not necessary.

Divide the dough in 4 equal portions. Place on a floured work surface and using a rolling pin, roll out the dough into a small round about 6 to 8 inches in diameter. Repeat with remaining pieces of dough. Set aside.

Place about a quarter of the leftover spaghetti and meatballs in the center of the dough round. Top with 1 tablespoon of sauce and sprinkle with a tablespoon of cheese. Brush the edges of the dough with a bit of water. Fold the dough over to make a half circle and crimp the edge with a fork. Place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remain filling and dough.

Place in oven and bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot with a side of tomato sauce.

I’m putting these up along with a bunch of grilled corn for lunch tomorrow!

And for dinner tonight I made this!

fish & chips.

For Fish:

  • 4 small russet potatoes, washed
  • 3 cups canola plus 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus 1/2 cup for dredging
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups seltzer water
  • 4 tilapia fillets, each fillet sliced in 1/2

For Tartar Sauce:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoon seafood seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons pickle relish

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place a baking sheet in the oven to preheat.

Using the slicing attachment on a food processor or a knife, slice the potatoes into thin discs about 1/4-inch thick. Place 1/3 of the sliced potatoes into a container with cold water and reserve for Round 2 Recipe. Place remaining 2/3 of the potatoes in a large bowl with 2 teaspoons canola oil, salt and pepper, to taste, and toss to coat. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Transfer the potatoes to the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, flip each chip and bake for another 10 minutes.

In a medium pot heat 3 cups of canola oil to 360 degrees F.

In a large bowl combine remaining dry ingredients except 1/2 cup flour and season with salt and pepper. Whisk in the seltzer water.

Place the remaining 1/2 cup flour on a plate or pie dish and season with salt and pepper. Dredge the tilapia in the flour, shake off excess, then dip into batter. Carefully place the battered fish into the hot oil. Working in batches so not to crowd the pot, fry for 6 minutes until golden brown. Remove to an oven-proof plate lined with papers towels or a brown paper bag. Repeat with remaining fillets. While frying remaining tilapia keep the cooked fillets warm in a preheated 250 degree F oven.

Serve immediately with chips and tartar sauce on the side.

For Tartar Sauce:

Combine in all ingredients in a small bowl and mix until well blended.

Gotta write post for Blue Cross North Carolina.

I didn’t eat the fish.  I hate fish.  I thougth tilapia would be mild but it smelled like fish. ewww.

Everyone else LOVED it.

Oh…. and I got a pedicure too! Yay.  I asked for black tips this time, I like the tips usually with polka dots.  The girl wanted to paint my toes bright yellow and paint black designs on them.  Not really my style, so I declined.  Then she wanted to do them like her toes.  They were cute on her but not my style either.  She is very sweet and a little hard to understand because she doesn’t speak much english.  Anyway, she ended up painting a small pink line under the black tips.  They are a little weird and I’m not sure I like them but they are just toes so whatever…

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6 Responses to “so far…”

  1. Jodi says:

    All the recipes sound yummy!! I am going to have to try them out! I don’t think tilapia smells too fishy.

    Yay for your pedi!

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  3. hair says:

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  4. yvonne says:

    Annie, were the calzones tough to make?

    I’ve never done anything other than just regular nail polish on my toes–looks cute.

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  5. nancy face says:

    I think your toes look fun and cute! 🙂

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  6. Gail says:

    Yum, those all sound good! We like tilapia here; there is a parmesan coated/breaded kind you can buy in bags at Sams or Walmart. They go straight from the freezer and bake for like 20 minutes, so good! And they make good sandwiches too.

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