Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Meatball Failure

Most of you who know me don't know what an absolute failure I am when it comes to meatballs and meatloaf. I know, those are like the easiest thing ever and you're wondering how the hell can a person mess that up. I don't know how, but I know that I somehow manage to ruin them every time. I have literally tried every meatball and meatloaf recipe I could find to no avail. Here are only SOME of the results I've had:

  • using a cookie sheet to cook the meatloaf, it turned into a burnt hamburger cookie. Black as night. I still can't figure out how it went from the loaf shape into a flat cookie shape.

  • using an actual loaf pan- it burned the entire outside (I had to use an electric knife to get through the outer layer) and the inside was totally raw.

  • trying to pan fry meatballs they started out golf ball size and ended up to be marbles. Don't know what happened there.

I could go on but really- these are painful memories. And god love Matt- he has been my tester but finally he told me to give it up. I suck at meatloaf and meatballs. He cracks jokes that when meatloaf goes on special at a restaurant that we should go so he can get his fix. Well this weekend I was absolutely determined to make some damn meatballs. (Oh- here's my confession folks- the fabulous meatballs you've had for my meatball subs aren't mine. My mom made them for me to pass off as my own. Thanks, mom!) So I cracked out my Betty Crocker Bridal Edition cookbook and found a recipe that seemed fool proof. I know I've tried this one before because it had something on the page that resembled smeared ketchup. Here are my results:

Were they good? Matt said they were "ok" which means he didn't like them. I tasted egg in them, so I couldn't eat more than one bite. Dammit. I guess I can be proud of the fact that they retained a meatball shape and were cooked all the way through. What the hell am I doing wrong?? Why can't I make a basic dish? I am a good cook- I can follow recipes, make my own versions, I just don't know what the hell I'm doing wrong. I need some private lessons or something. Is there a meatball/meatloaf expert out there??

1 comment:

Sheryl said...

Ummm...Sara I made meatballs for dinner last night and I thought about you all afternoon while I was preparing them and cooking them. LOL!!!!