Crestview, Fl
This month  Shelley from C Mom Cook and Ruth from The Crafts of Mommyhood challenged us to try meatballs. The only requirement: to create a meal based on the meatball. Any culture. Any recipe. I chose Swedish Meatballs. 

My husband and I just recently started P90X, so of course my first goal was to make these meatballs as healthy as possible. I adapted a recipe from Cooking with Mel. The woman did magical things with these meatballs. They were full of flavor. I was pretty happy with the end result since I have never done wet method meatballs before. Here is how I did it. 

For the meatballs:
2 slices of wheat bread, torn or cut into small pieces
¼ cup almond milk
2 pounds ground beef (I actually stuck with the beef but you can use 50/50 turkey/beef)
1 tablespoon margarine 
½ cup finely diced onion
1/3 c egg whites
1 tsp garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste

For the gravy:
2 tablespoons margarine
¼ cup all-purpose flour (wheat if you have it)
3 cups  beef broth
¼ cup Greek yogurt 

1.    Preheat the oven to 200°F
2.    In a small bowl, tear the bread into little pieces and pour the milk over it, allowing it to soak
3.    Meanwhile, heat the butter in a pan over medium heat, saute the onions, along with a pinch of salt, and allow the onions to become soften.
4.    Remove the pan from the heat and set it aside, allowing the onions
5.    Combine the meat, bread, egg whites, salt, pepper garlic powder and sautéed onions. Mix it well to combine fully without overworking or the mix will become very gummy. 
6.    Roll the meatballs (I made them about 1-1.5 in, just make sure they all similar in size)
7.    Heat the 2 tablespoons of butter in a pan over medium-low to medium heat then cook the meatballs in batches until browned evenly on all sides, approximately 7-10 minutes per batch. (Make sure not to overcrowd the pan or they will not cook evenly. I did 6 at a 12 in a cast iron.)
8.    As each batch is done cooking, remove the meatballs to an oven-safe dish and keep them in the warm 200°F oven to stay warm.
9.    Once all of the meatballs are done cooking and are in the oven staying warm, lower the temperature on your pan and whisk in the flour for 1-2 minutes.
10. Gradually whisk in the broth until everything thickens up
11. Raise heat to medium
12. Add in the yogurt and continue to whisk until the gravy reaches the consistency you prefer.
13. Remove the meatballs from the oven and serve, smothered in gravy.
14. Proceed to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Mmmm Mmmm good!

I made these with a sweet potato mash with vanilla, yougurt, and cinnamon. Healthy and delicious!


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