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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Meatballs Stroganoff


Ingredients:

Frozen Italian style meatballs (1/2 oz each)
generally, enough to cover the bottom of the pan. Depends on who is home.
Extra virgin olive oil
1+ Tbsp ­ just enough to brown up the meatballs.
2 cups beef broth
use more for more meatballs... just go with this recipe. Don't over think it.
Seasoning
kosher salt and black pepper to taste
dried herbs (probably at least 1 ­ 1 1/2 tsp each) ­ parsley, oregano, basil
it will look like a lot of seasoning, but in the end, it will be great!
2/3 ­ 1 cup sour cream
1 cup heavy whipping cream
Wide egg noodles
enough for whoever is there.

Method:

I start off with our favorite brand of frozen Italian style meatballs (my kids LOVE the Rosina brand). I brown them in a
little olive oil in a black iron skillet. This is where you get all the good flavors ­ from the fond (the brown bits that stick
on the bottom) that gets stuck in the skillet. [I don't think this would work as well in a non­stick skillet b/c it releases too
much of that goodness.]
After they are browned up nicely, deglaze the pan with about 2 cups of beef broth (I like Swanson's brand). Bring to a
boil. Season generously with salt and pepper, dried herbs (parsley, oregano, basil). When it starts reducing, add
about 2/3 cup sour cream (I use Daisy light) and about a cup of heavy whipping cream. These will make the sauce
creamy and silky and also act as a thickener.
Meanwhile, boil water in a separate pot and add the wide egg noodles (I use No Yolks). Boil until they are still just a bit
al dente, drain briefly and add to the simmering sauce. They will finish cooking in the sauce and also soak up a lot of
that goodness.
The result is a nice, creamy sauce ­ slightly tangy from the sour cream, a little herbaceous from the nice green herbs, a
little beefy from the stock. Yum!

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