Bacon Meatball Subs from The Cilantropist
When I was doing my weekly meal plan on Sunday, I planned to buy both ground beef and ground pork, two things I don't typically buy, so I had to come up with two recipes that used them. The Swedish Meatballs just so happened to use approximately 1/2 lb of each (or at least for the quantities I wanted to make) so it worked out perfectly to finally get to the Bacon Meatball Subs by The Cilantropist that I've had bookmarked for several weeks now.
I really like The Cilantropist, not just for her cleverly named blog, but because her recipes are sophisticated but not impossible. There are a ton of recipes based on new ingredients and flavor combinations that I'm eager to try, and they aren't comprised of things that I would have difficulty finding in some of the higher end grocery chains and without breaking the grocery budget.
Also, The Cilantropist's photography is fantastic and presentation is is worthy of aspiration. It's certainly better than my chuck it on a plate and find a good angle style of food photography!
This stuff smells a bit like Thanksgiving stuffing - mix in some stuffing croutons, a little chicken broth and maybe a little breakfast sausage, dried cranberries? Hmmm....
A little trick I learned when pan-frying a meatball - don't try to pick them with tongs or scrape them with a spatula to flip them. I find that using a utensil tends to tear them off the pan leaving an outer shell to stick and burn to the pan, which creates blackened bits in your meatballs. Instead, be patient and let them be for a few minutes before trying to move them, once you think they're starting to burn just shake the pan - it'll slide the meatballs around and flip them a little without tearing them.
These meatballs were really fun to make, and if I learned one thing in this process it's that when I typically prepare food for a blog post I'm typically rushing to get dinner on the table. So, I think in the coming weeks I'll plan a little more in advance and see how much better in quality my photos and posts become.
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