*image from The Pioneer Woman*


For Christmas last year my mother in law gave me The Pioneer Woman’s Cookbook….

Amazing recipes that my husband (the die-hard meat and potato man) LOVES!

This woman cooks for her four kids, husband and numerous cowboys. She knows what she is talking about!!

One of our new favorite recipes is her BBQ Meatball recipe (click for the link!) and although her version is fabulous, I have changed one thing.

Instead of browning the meatballs and then baking it all…I just pop my meatballs in boiling water.

Yes, you heard me right.

I learned this trick a long time ago from I can’t remember where. And I love it.

Really and truly you boil a pot of water, roll up your meatballs however you normally make them (salt/pepper/egg/oatmeal/etc) and then just gently drop them into the pot of boiling water! After the last meatball is in, set the timer for 7 minutes and ta da!

Your meatballs are cooked and a lot of the fat floats to the top making them that much more healthy! (Good ol’ red meat!)

Make sure you watch the pot…has a tendency to boil over…not fun. And I ladle the fat off the top as it boils.

Then I just finish the rest of the meatball recipe…yummy!!

Hope you enjoy and let me know what you think! I’m pretty sure it’ll be a hit for dinner!


6 responses to “Meatballs…”

  1. I never thought to boil meatballs. I will have to try this :0)

    1. Who ever did think of it is brilliant!

  2. I really like your boiling the meatballs idea. I should actually have thought of something like that long ago~know why? I grew up making Italian spaghetti and meatballs taught by a genuine Calabrese Italian cook. Those meatballs NEVER get browned. You form them out of meat, bread crumbs and ground parmesan cheese, add some garlic, parsley and oregano. Then drop them carefully into the spaghetti sauce as it simmers (the very best place that it doesn’t stick to the bottom or burn is in a crock pot) and voila! The meatballs tantalize you all afternoon in the beautiful sauce and at supper time all you have to do is cook some spaghetti or linguine and supper is ready. If you do it right, you get at least 2 suppers from a big batch. 🙂

  3. Your version sounds great! I Love meat!

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