Guest Author - Vannie Ryanes
The obvious way to serve these spicy meatballs is over spaghetti, linguini or fettuccine. However, they are also good served with pepper and eggs with crusty bread at brunch. Spoon some of the sauce over the pepper and eggs. Just delicious.
1 Lb. Italian hot sausage (with or without casing)*
1/2 Tspn poultry seasoning
1 Small onion, diced
1 Egg, beaten
1/2 Cup bread crumbs
3/4 Cup chili sauce
1/2 Cup ketchup
If you have purchased sausage in a casing, slide a knife down the casing to break it open, and then remove the sausage. Place sausage, diced onion, egg and poultry seasoning and bread crumbs in a large bowl and mix ingredients well. Do not over mix.
Make 8 to 10 meatballs and brown them evenly in a large frying pan over medium high heat. When meatballs have browned, remove grease by pouring it from pan. Remove pan from heat while you mix the chili sauce and ketchup together. Pour sauce mix over meatballs.
Stir meatballs and sauce gently to blend well, making sure all meatballs have sauce. Cover frying pan and continue cooking over medium low heat 20 to 25 minutes or until the meatballs are done. Serve over pasta.
Makes 4 to 5 servings.
Think about adding steamed spinach to this menu. You can use fresh or frozen spinach. If using frozen spinach you can heat in the package it comes in, when you use your microwave oven. Just pierce the frozen spinach box with a knife to allow steam to escape before cooking. When ready, carefully open the box of spinach and put into a small bowl. Season with a pat of butter or margarine. If using fresh spinach, save time by buying packaged baby spinach. It is usually kept in the pre-packaged salad section.
*If you think the Italian hot sausage will be too hot for you, buy ½ pound mild Italian sausage and ½ pound hot Italian sausage. Mix sausage together.
*This recipe can be made into an appetizer by making the meatballs smaller. When meatballs are done, put meatballs and sauce into a crockpot. Set the crockpot on low and you will have a hot appetizer all evening. Have slim rounds of Italian bread and grated parmesan cheese nearby. Farfalle pasta, (they look like little bow ties) is the recommended side dish because the pastas are small and easy to spoon onto a small plate.