Super Bowl treats

Cooking with Cathie

Cathie CampbellJanuary 26, 2012 

Feb. 5 is the date for the 2012 Super Bowl Sunday, but if you're a football fan, you already know when the big event is. If you are going to be a guest, or are having guests over for the big game, you may be wondering what kind of food you can bring or serve.

No matter what the occasion is, I have observed that meatballs are consistently one of the favorite foods. Most cooks probably have served small meatballs (or mini sausages) in a sauce made with grape jelly and chili sauce, so we won't go into that recipe here.

Kick off your Super Bowl celebration with some tasty treats and may your favorite team win. And if you don't care for football, go ahead and cook up some treats anyway! It's always a good time for food.

Sweet and sour meatballs

I usually cook meatballs on a rack in my toaster/convection oven, and it works out great. I also prefer to cook the bell pepper a little longer.

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 2/3 cup crushed saltine cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup minced onion
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained, with juice reserved
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup chopped green bell pepper
  1. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, cracker crumbs, onion, egg, milk, ginger and salt. Shape mixture by rounded tablespoonfuls into meatballs.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place meatballs in skillet and cook until evenly brown, and meat is no longer pink. Drain excess fat.
  3. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch, brown sugar, reserved pineapple juice, vinegar and soy sauce. Mix until smooth, then pour into the skillet with meatballs. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils, about 5 minutes. Stir in the green pepper and pineapple chunks. Heat through. Makes 6 servings.

Swedish meatballs

  • 2 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
  • 3 medium eggs, slightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  1. Soak the bread crumbs in the milk until softened. In a small saucepan, add the minced onion to 1 tablespoon of butter; cook gently for 3 minutes.
  2. Mix the softened bread, cooked onion and ground meat. Add the eggs, salt, pepper, nutmeg and paprika. Mix thoroughly until very smooth and light. Shape the mixture into small balls, dusting your hands with flour while shaping the balls.
  3. In a large frying pan, melt the remaining 3 tablespoons butter. Add the meatballs and fry until golden brown all over. Remove from pan and add the flour; stir until well blended. Add the water, and a few grains of pepper. Cook, stirring constantly until thickened.
  4. Reduce heat to very low and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the sour cream, a rounded tablespoon at a time, stirring until thoroughly blended after each addition. Return the meatballs to the gravy, cover pan and simmer very gently for 10 minutes.
  5. Serve in a deep casserole. Sprinkle with minced parsley.

Marmalade meatballs

A very easy recipe from Sandra Lee of The Food Network.

  • 2 pounds fully cooked frozen meatballs (recommended: Armanino)
  • 1 bottle (16-ounce) Catalina salad dressing
  • 1 cup orange marmalade
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  1. Place frozen meatballs in the insert of a slow cooker.
  2. In a bowl, stir to combine the remaining ingredients. Pour over meatballs and stir to coat.
  3. Cook on high setting for 2 to 3 hours.Makes 48 meatballs.

Honey garlic meatballs

  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  1. In a large bowl combine eggs and milk. Add the bread crumbs, onion and salt. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place in two greased 15-by-10-by-1-inch baking pans.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 400 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, saute garlic in butter until tender. Stir in the ketchup, honey and soy sauce. Bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Drain meatballs; add to sauce. Carefully stir to evenly coat. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes.Makes 22 servings.

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