About 15-20 years ago, my beautiful grandma was featured in her local paper. The title of the article, “Watermelons are a treat for Good Cook”, made everyone in the family giggle, including grandma. You see, my grandmother enjoyed a lot of things, and cooking just wasn’t one of them. Her dinners usually consisted of an easy main dish, mashed potatoes/rice, my Aunt Edith’s bread and butter pickles, cottage cheese and peaches. Nothing too elaborate, but very satisfying. One of my favorite dishes, was a meatball dish she made every time I would visit. It’s very good and so easy to make. For dinner tonight, I thought it would be fun to recreate a “Grandma” dinner. As I watched my boys make these in our kitchen, I couldn’t help thinking of a time not so long ago when I was the one squashing the meatballs together with my tiny hands. Grandma… this one’s for you.
Grandma’s Meatballs (serves 8-10)
- 2 lbs 90% lean ground beef
- 1 cup quick cooking oats (or bread crumbs)
- 1/2 cup evaporated milk
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp chili power
- 1 cup ketchup
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp liquid smoke
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 cup finely chopped onions
Preheat oven 350 degrees. To make meatballs, mix first 9 ingredients together and shape into balls (about golf ball size). This will make about 32 meatballs. Evenly place meatballs in greased 9×13 baking dish. Combine sauce ingredients and pour over meatballs. Cover and cook for 1 hour.
My boys LOVED these meatballs and I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.