I’m excited to share with you all a new project I am working on–Project Gryffindor! What is Project Gryffindor, you may ask? Well, it’s only the be-all, end-all of cooking projects!
Molly’s Meatballs with Onion Sauce
Adapted from the Unofficial Harry Potter Cookboook
First things first: Assemble your ingredients.
- 1 lb extra lean ground beef
- 1/2 cup fresh or dry bread crumbs
- 1 large egg
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 T chopped fresh parsley (I used dried parsley, and it worked just as well)
- 1/2 t salt
- 1/2 t freshly ground black pepper
- 1/8 t ground nutmeg
- 2 T oil (I happened to have some special Tuscan olive oil, which I think added a little kick of flavor)
- 2 T vegetable oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 T all purpose flour
- 1 14 oz can chicken broth (however, the can I had in my pantry was 12 oz, and it didn’t destroy the recipe, so you decide)
1.Go ahead and chop up that onion, so you can get your tears out of the way (btw, we got a Martha Stewart onion chopper as a wedding gift, and we’ve never looked back).
3. Form the meat mixture into…well…meatball sized balls, whatever your preference may be. Stick them on a dinner plate or some parchment paper to get ready to fry them.
4. Heat the oil in a skillet. Working in batches, fry the balls on each side until well browned (about four minutes, give or take). Once cooked, move the meatballs over to a dinner plate so you can make room for more in the skillet.
6. Finally, add those finished meatballs to the onion sauce and simmer for about 15 minutes. Serve over whatever floats your boat, but we found it to be very tasty with some buttered egg noodles.
Tips: The recipe actually calls for 2 onions (which I totally missed at first, and had to get my friend to bring an onion with her when she came for dinner). However, you could probably make do with one large onion, and divide it up between the meat mixture and the sauce.
Lastly, pair it with a glass of Cab Sauv and finish it off with some chocolate chip salted caramel bars.
My first (official) Project Gryffindor recipe was a success! In the next few weeks, I’m planning to make some hot rolls, cauldron cakes (pancakes), Irish soda bread, and beef and Guinness stew. I’m convinced that once I finish all of the recipes (which I do not imagine will happen in 2014), the Sword of Gryffindor will be mine. When that happens, you may refer to me as “the Heiress of Gryffindor” and nothing else.