Tuesday, September 16, 2008

*Recipe Week*, Day #2: May Williams Meatballs

Welcome to Day #2 of *Recipe Week*, perhaps a prelude to a New Recipe Blog called Aunt Julie's Apron Strings! Today's recipe is just right for the changing of the seasons, especially in the Upper Midwest, where nighttime temps are already in the 40s. We're gonna have a little story with this recipe, which comes from Your Very Own Veggie Mom.


When I was in kindergarten, we lived in an apartment house in suburban New York. Our next-door neighbors were an older couple named May and Ace Williams. My Dad was friends with Ace, and always talked about the beautiful photographs hanging in Mr. Williams' living room. I loved his wife, May, for another reason.

You see, both were very talented folks. Ace was a long-time photographer for National Geographic. He specialized in outdoor shots, especially in Alaska. He let me, a curious 5-year-old, look through the gigendous lenses attached to his cameras. He never seemed nervous that he was letting a kindergartener and her 2-year-old sister play with the beyond-expensive equipment.

May was a Talent in the Kitchen. She baked--oh, how she baked!--but her specialty was an interpretation of Swedish Meatballs, served over big, fat noodles. My Mom copied down the recipe, and forever after, this delish dish has been known in my family as May Williams Meatballs.

We moved away right before I started first grade. Mom and Dad kept in touch with the Williamses, until Geographic sent him overseas on another exotic assignment. It's been decades since last I played with Ace's cameras or scrounged a sweet sugar cookie or two from the ornately decorated plate on May's kitchen countertop. But I will, most of all, always remember her meatballs!

May Williams Meatballs

2 lbs. ground chuck
1/2 lb. lean ground pork
1 large onion, chopped fine, and sautéed in butter
2 beaten eggs
salt, pepper to taste
2 Tbs. parsley
1.5 cups Pepperidge Farm Bread Crumbs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 can Beef Broth
1 package Wide Egg Noodles

Mix together chuck, pork, onion, eggs, salt and pepper, parsley and bread crumbs 'til fully blended. Keep your hands wet while shaping small meatballs. Place the meatballs in a covered glass bowl overnight.

The next day, sauté the meatballs in hot oil; they should cook very fast, until they are light brown. Drain the meatballs. Place them in a greased casserole dish. Pour out the grease from the pan you used to sauté the meatballs. Return the pan to the stove, and turn the heat to medium. Mix together both cans of soup, undilluted, making sure to pick up the residue from the sautéd meatballs as you stir. When these ingredients are well-blended, pour over the meatballs.

Bake the meatballs, with the lid on the casserole, for one hour at 350 degrees. Serve over Wide Egg Noodles. Enjoy!

33 comments:

Brenda Jean said...

This looks SO yummy, as does the cheesecake. Heck yes, she should have a recipe blog:)

Patti said...

Those meatballs sound yummy to the tummy!!

Dawn said...

That looks good! Thanks!

Melissa B. said...

Yummy! The weather is just starting to get cool around here. Think I definitely need to think about making these meatballs!

Janean Campbell said...

Yummmyyy...my mother made these when we were growing up...Thanks for making me hungry for them.... Love the blog and can't wait to see if Auntie Julie actually ends up with a blog.

Caution Flag said...

YES!! I need your recipe blog, Aunt Julie. And these meatballs are going to be on my table Friday night. Thanks :)

Tamie said...

y'know--i've never had any luck with swedish meatnballs--not necessarily making them, but eating them. every time i eat them (from someone else's kitchen) they are just ok nothing to rave about and request the recipe...are these meatballs really, truly good...like my boys will want to eat them, b/c i think that to make swedish meatballs again in my house they would have to something spectacular or i'd get my apron revoked for a while. :)

and yes--do a recipe blog--every girl needs a few new recipes to try out on her family!

Shell said...

OMG, the meatballs looks so good. Sometimes I wish blogs had a smell vision factor.

Lynda said...

This sounds DELICIOUS! Thanks for the recipe!

Ronnica said...

Yum! Why do I always look at recipe posts before lunch? It makes me very dissatisfied with what I brought with me to eat!

Breanne said...

Looks very yummy!

Ren said...

My stomach is now rumbling, both look like yummy recipes (going to have to definitely try them)!

Trish said...

Ohhh yummmyyyyyy!!!

i love a good recipe with an even better memory!

I'm here by way of BATW. I know i've seen you around......but what in the heck are pop'rs?

I'm off to see if I can find the answer.........

Britt said...

Since my girls are finally giving me some peace, I've started cooking more around here. I'll have to try this out! Hubs loves new food :o)

Deanna said...

All this cool weather has had me on a cooking kick. Yea!!

Aubrey said...

Oh my...my mouth is watering. I'm always looking for great meal ideas and I think I have found another one!!

Genny said...

What fantastic pictures!

Kimba said...

Now that sounds yummy. My hubby would love that. Anything involving meat and cream of anything soup is a-ok with him.

Ritch in Love said...

ohhhhhhhhh I'm SOOOOOOOOO hungry right now. I should not be reading this at lunch time!

HeathahLee said...

That sounds YUMMY! I may have to try that soon!

Z's Mom said...

Yum!!! Glad you shared.....those look GREAT!

Rhonda said...

Oh yummm!

Lady Dorothy said...

Definitely should try this one. Sounds delicious!

Our Crazy Happy Family said...

Oh wow those look sooo good!!!! Greeting from NC!

Brian and Staci said...

Oh yay!!! I love recipes! Especially one's with cheesecake in them :) Can't wait to read more!

christie said...

These meatballs look amazing and I love the story behind them!

~Janet~ said...

These meatballs sound excellent. I always love to add new recipes to my collection, especially when they have a story behind them. How meaningful!

AndBabyWillMake4 said...

Good gried, YUM!

Marrdy said...

Oh yum!! This will go great with the strawberry dessert from yesterday. Time to get domestic.

Bug said...

Sounds yummo to me! Now if I could find the time to cook! hehehe! I love the name of your potential 'new' blog!

Thanks for sharing!

Joyfulsister said...

Whoa, That looks good,my hubby is looking at it with me and is drooling lol, now look at what you've done..He is hinting to try it, I guess we will Thanks for sharing and I also wanted to say Helooo!! and I enjoyed visiting your blog.

Tinabean said...

That looks & sounds so good.
Thank you for visiting me on my special day.

Mamasphere said...

This sounds SOOOO good! Loving the week of Aunt Julie recipes!