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Swedish Meatballs with Venison

yum All of the best recipes involve leftovers being creatively utilized. Think about it! Chop suey, soups and casseroles of almost every kind, and most any conglomerate food dish has a firm foundation in using up leftovers. It is a fine cook, indeed, who came up with ways to cleverly disguise leftovers and then serve them as a brand new meal. moncler pas cher This brings us to one of my favorite of the brilliant leftover transformation dishes: Swedish Meatballs.

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Some stale bread, slightly sour milk, and a bit of meat doesn’t sound very appetizing, if you think about it. That’s what makes Swedish meatballs such a spectacular invention. Let us all take a moment to thank whatever wondrously innovative out-of-the-box home cook it was that first combined those ingredients and then created… ugg femme stitch phone case iphone 8 plus drumroll please… the meatball. Then, to make a creamy gravy to cover the meatballs and perhaps some homemade egg noodles — well, we certainly owe them a debt of gratitude. Yet again, simple honest food breezes into the winner’s circle and greets a cheering crowd. Yes, I’m cheering. Why not? Don’t answer that. puma sneakers Let’s take a look at that recipe, shall we?

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You will need:

  • 4-6 slices of stale bread
  • 1/2 cup milk (sour milk or buttermilk is preferred*)
  • 1 pound of ground venison (turkey or beef works well, too)
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon or brown mustard (optional)
  • 1 sweet onion, diced very fine
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3/4 teaspoon white or black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 palm-full of all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups water or milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or yogurt
  • salt and pepper to taste

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, pour 1/2 cup of milk over the stale bread. Once the bread has soaked up the milk, squish it with your hand. Try not to have too much fun. Or just give in and really enjoy it.

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See? Better than mixed martial arts! Now, add the Worcestershire sauce, pepper, allspice, nutmeg, and the mustard.

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And the eggs:

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For reasons known only to the dust-bunnies under my bed, I felt compelled to show you those spices in their little jars. Compelled. timberland

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Now that you’ve fully recovered from witnessing my OCD… add the ground venison (or ground turkey or chicken or beef) to the mixture.

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I used venison because I happen to have a freezer full of it and I think it is yummy.

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Heat the 1 1/2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a saucepan and sauté those onions. Add the onions (not the olive oil) to the meatball mixture but do not rinse the pan. Keep all that delicious oniony flavor right where we can see it. We wouldn’t want it sneaking off somewhere, after all. Sneaky things, onions. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Now start forming those meatballs.

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Now, add in another 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil. Once the oil is hot, place them in the saucepan and sauté them until they are golden brown on all sides.

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They require regular turning.

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When they are cooked, place them in a casserole dish and stick the casserole dish in the oven to keep warm. bottes timberland pas cher Now, melt the butter in the saucepan with the drippings, onion stowaways, and bits of meatball.

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Using a whisk, add a little bit of the flour at a time. Stir constantly and let the flour brown a little bit in the pan. This is very important because we want all those flavors to live happily ever after.

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Now, pour in the water or milk a little at a time. Use the whisk during and after each addition.

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Remove the skillet from the heat and add the of sour cream. iphone 8 plus uag case Mix until smooth and lovely. Add salt and pepper to taste. Or don’t. That’s just fine, too. giraffe case iphone 7

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Now, put the meatballs on top of the egg noodles and ladle the gravy over top. I think that I’ve already confessed that gravy is my favorite condiment. squishies phone case iphone 6 Right?

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This is my favorite part… the romancing. Hello, gorgeous. Where have you been all my life? Do you come here often? *yum*

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I’ve been told that pictures like the one above are quite dangerous when viewed between meals because they cause hunger pains. moncler sitemap Please know that the hunger pains are completely intentional. touch case for iphone 7 plus I am not immune, either. In fact, every time I post a recipe — I want to make it all over again. So consider yourself warned: use caution with the first and last pictures of my food posts.

  • Rosa - Soooooo good! can I come to your place for dinner ;-p?

    I’d love to find and eat venison burgers or meatballs… Here, that kind of meat is out of price and not even from Switzerland!

    Cheers,

    RosaReplyCancel

  • Simple Livin' gal - Rosa, you are welcome here any time! If you ever do visit — I want to cook with you because I know I could learn so much!ReplyCancel

  • YD - Oooo delicious! Got any leftover?
    I love your whisks! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Simple Livin' gal - Yeongshe, the whisk comes from Cutco. I should do a giveaway with some of the Cutco utensils some time.ReplyCancel

  • Julie at Elisharose - That does it. I’m coming to your house for dinner!ReplyCancel

  • Simple Livin' gal - Julie: Any time!!! Come on over!ReplyCancel

  • monica - love your blog!
    whatever happened to velvet lava, i miss her!!!ReplyCancel

  • Marlene - Oh, I am with Rosa on this. Drooooooling!!.. love alwaysReplyCancel

  • Simple Livin' gal - Awwww… thank you, Marlene! Love you, too!ReplyCancel

  • CrossView - Looks delicious! And venison sounds perfect for that!

    Having spent most of my life in Louisiana means that I definitely appreciate those throw-together meals. That’s most of what Cajun food consists of… LOL!ReplyCancel

  • Simple Livin' gal - Crossview: Oh, I’m a believer when it comes to throw-together meals! You are so right about cajun food being an excellent use of leftovers and grab-pour meals. Delicious stuff!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn - The photos are awesome and do promote drooling. We had meat balls a couple weeks ago; time for them again.ReplyCancel

  • Simple Livin' gal - Dawn: Thank you! Drool-inducing is my goal!ReplyCancel

  • Tracie Fulford - I love your new uses for ground venison…I’ve got a freezer full too! This recipe looks awesome and I will definitely make it soon! Thanks 🙂 I am supposed to make the country fried venison steaks you posted this week, btw….ReplyCancel

  • Simple Livin' gal - Tracie: I’m so glad you like the venison recipes! I’ve been getting emails requesting venison cooking posts so I’ve been trying to deliver.

    Let me know what you think of the country fried venison steaks!!!

    Blessings,
    LacyReplyCancel

  • Michele - I bet I could do this with tofu crumbles.ReplyCancel

  • Simple Livin' gal - Michele — I bet you could use portobellos instead of the venison, too. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Robbyn - OK, it’s official, when does the B&B open?? I’m SO hungry every time I see your food, Lacy and gain weight just reading your posts. LOVE you, my friend 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Simple Livin' gal - Robbyn — I have always (secretly) dreamed of owning a B&B. I used to watch Bob Newhart reruns and imagine myself owning a B&B just like their New England place. How did you know? LOL.

    Love you, sweet friend!ReplyCancel

  • Dianne - It’s almost bedtime and way past supper, but those sure do look good! I don’t have any venison but I’ll try this with ground beef SOON. Thanks for sharing the recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Simple Livin' gal - Dianne — I’ve made it with ground beef, too, and loved it. Such a great and filling meal! Josh says it’s one of his favorites.ReplyCancel

  • Margo - One day I’m going to just turn up at your house and chain myself to your kitchen table

    LOLReplyCancel

  • Danyalle Friday - I tried these for dinner tonight and I used venison. I have a freezer full as well and I am bound and determined to NOT eat spaghetti until August!!
    These meatballs were great!! I put mine on a broiler pan in the oven instead of in the saute pan but the flavor was just great!!
    Thanks for sharing!!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - These were delicious. My boys couldn’t get enough of them! I added a few left over meatballs to my lentil soup. YUM! (so much for a vegetarian meal) I am making a double recipe next time.
    I opted to bake them at 350 and they were excellent. Thanks for sharing the recipe.ReplyCancel

  • Marge - I’m impressed! You’ve managed the almost imbossiple.ReplyCancel

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