First, white pepper, to me, smells like my old nylon sleeping bag from when I was a kid. That musty old basement smell . I generally don't like to use it unless in small quantities. This was a small quantity so it turned out okay.
Second, these meatballs ended waaaay too salty. The recipe calls for 2 tsp here, yet I would recommend using just one because damn.
I just say Wuhstah sauce - a few years ago I worked as a temp for Talbots taking orders for their big spring catalog sale. I was taking an order from this woman from Worcester, MA, and when I read her shipping address back to her she corrected my pronunciation:
Woman: "It's Wuhstah Mass!"
Woman: "No, you say it"
Woman: "No! Wushtah"
Woman: "Wuhstah Mass!"
Me: "Wuhstah Mass"
Woman: "Wuhstah Mass!"
Me: "Wuhstah Mass!"
Woman: "Good! Now when am I getting my clothes?"
So, screw the chestershire, it's just wuhstah sauce.
Who would have thought cooking or blogging would have been this simple?
Add beef broth and Worcestershire sauce and whisk the hell out of it! Add heavy cream..
I ended up using quite a bit of salt and pepper to give this gravy some flavor. I put a little more Worcestershire in it too so I didn't just have salty gravy. I turned out okay as it thickened more, and when the meatballs came out of the oven I let them simmer in the gravy a bit before serving. I think that helped flavor the gravy some too.
I also added a little dried parsley leaves - maybe a teaspoon I rubbed with my fingers while dropping in.
Who doesn't love a meatball. 20 minutes in a 400 degree oven worked out perfectly.
So, altogether not too big of a process for this dish. I sauteed some zucchini and yellow squash along with some mushrooms as a side and served the meatballs and gravy over some wide egg noodles.
The flavor of this was spot-on, but my only complaint is how salty the meatballs are. They tasted great underneath all that salt, there's just no need for it. I almost wonder if the recipe has a typo. I stored the leftover meatballs in the gravy, so I'm hoping the gravy will draw some of that salt out for tomorrow's lunch.
Anyway, give this one a try if you like Swedish Meatballs. The recipe can be found over on Food Network.
Later this week I shall be continuing the meatball theme!