PW's Comfort Meatballs~ A love story

Once upon a time, I made the the Pioneer Woman's Comfort Meatballs. We fell in love and lived happily ever after. The end. Wasn't that a beautiful story? What? You missed the middle part about how to make these little balls of comfort food heaven?  I'll get to that soon enough.
When I got her first cookbook, I was immediately hooked. I had been stalking her blog for quite awhile, reading all the stories about Marlboro Man and Grandma Iny.  I can relate to her on so many levels and she makes me laugh. (Sounds like the perfect recipe for friendship, don't ya think? Would someone please tell PW her best friend {that she's never met} wants to get together soon to chat?)Most of all, I really appreciate her straight forward, normal-ingredient approach to cooking. These meatballs were one of the first things I made from her cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks. Both my husband and my son love these, probably because of the sweet, tangy sauce you pour over the top of them. So do you want to know how I make them?
Here's what you need for my version: ground beef, bread crumbs, milk, onion, salt, pepper, oil, flour, ketchup, sugar, white vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce
Here's how you make the meatballs:
Combine the ground beef, bread crumbs, milk, minced onions, salt and pepper.
Roll into tablespoon-size balls and refrigerate them for 30 to 45 minutes to firm up.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and heat up the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Dredge meatballs in flour.

Cook the meatballs in small batches until light brown in color. Place in rectangular pan as they brown.
Here's how you make the sauce:
Stir together ketchup, sugar, white vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, minced onions and a dash of Tabasco.
Pour the sauce evenly over the meatballs and bake for about 45 minutes until bubbly and hot.
Pioneer Woman's Comfort Meatballs

1 1/2 pounds ground beef, 90/10 or better (otherwise it can get really greasy)
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs or 3/4 cup quick oats
1 cup milk
3 Tbsp. very finely minced onion
1 1/2 tsp. salt
ground black pepper
4 Tbsp. canola oil
1/2 cup flour
1 cup ketchup
2 Tbsp. sugar
3 Tbsp. white vinegar
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
4 to 6 Tbsp. minced onion
Dash of Tabasco

Meatballs: Combine ground beef and breadcrumbs. Add in milk, 3 Tbsp. finely minced onion, salt and pepper. Roll into tablespoon-size balls and refrigerate to firm for 30-45 minutes. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and heat up the canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Dredge meatballs in flour and brown in batches in the skillet until light brown. As they brown, place them in a rectangular baking dish.
Comfort Sauce: Stir together ketchup, sugar white vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, minced onion and dash of Tabasco.
Drizzle the Comfort Sauce over the meatballs and bake for about 45 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.
Serve with mashed potatoes and a vegetable to your hungry, soon-to-be overjoyed family.
*Note: Sometimes I will make 1 and 1/2 recipe of the sauce. It is sooooo good over the mashed potatoes.

Our family does not do well with left-overs.  We may heat things up once after the initial meal. These meatballs are the exception.  I think my son ate them at least 3 more times. I believe this is his favorite meal...except the carrots I make him eat with it, but he suffers through. Have you made any of Ree's recipes? I'd love to hear which ones are your favorites.

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13 comments:

  1. As an Italian girl, I've never had a meatball other than the traditional Italian way. I've always been suspicious of any other way, but you & Ree just may change my mind here...these look delicious!
    I have both of PW's cookbooks & I love them. Her blackberry cobbler recipe is a favorite of mine.

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  2. YUMMY, Nici! I love the PW too! I could use some of this girly comfort food right now! Those meatballs look DELICIOUS!! Please stop by StoneGable and share them with us at ON THE MENU MONDAY, my foodie linky... going on now!
    SCRUMPTIOUS!

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  3. Nici...I love PW and her new cooking show,her blog is fun too.
    I'm loving your tute on PW's meatball recipe...these look amazing,I could eat about a dozen right now.
    And cal me crazy but I could eat those green beans 24/7,I love 'em so!

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  4. Nici, these meatballs are beyond fantastic. Would you be happy to link them in to Food on Friday: Meatballs? This is the link . Hope you are having a good week.

    Ps A big thank you for following Carole's Chatter

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  5. Thanks for linking these in. Cheers

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  6. I love her blog & its great all the success she is having. These look amazingly good!
    I haven't purchased her cookbook as I have all my moms, but I love her show & that you can get a lot of her recipes on the Food Network. Popping in from a blog hop feel free to drop in sometime @ DearCreatives.com

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  7. I will make anything and everything PW cooks up. If she tells me it's good I will believe its the BEST EVER. I haven't tried her meatballs though...wh what? I'm a total meatball snob and I can't wait to try these.

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  8. WOW, SAW THIS A FEW DAYS. AGO, AND MADE THEM THAT SAME DAY. ALL I CAN SAY IS, GREAT TASTE, SUPER EASY TO FOLLOW DIRECTIONS, MY FAMILY LOVED THESE MEATBALLS. I MADE THEM BIGGER THAN YOUR SUGESTION. MY SON ATE 9 MEAT BALLS. THIS WILL BE ONE OF MY NEW FAVORITE MEALS TO MAKE. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING THIS SUPER GREAT MEAL.
    BLANCA FROM TEXAS

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  9. This looks sooo good! I will have to try these soon! Thanks for linking up this recipe. PW is awesome!

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  10. This sounds so good - and easy! Pinning this to try :) Just wanted to thank you for linking up last week and let you know the party is live now! I can't wait to see what you share this week at All my Bloggy Friends!

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  11. This also looks like a great recipe my kids will both like, Nici.

    Love the comment above from Blanca in Texas. I can just see my son eating nine meatballs in one sitting too!!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Will make this one day this week.
    :)

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  12. Oooo another yummy recipe. This one looks divine, too!

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  13. I was wondering where you were! :)
    Looks yummy! Pinned to my Saturday Dishes board ~ Paula

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