I've been craving red wine meatballs for a few weeks at least. The hunger might be sourced as far back as Christmas last year when I was given a Le Crueset skillet.
In any case, I finally put a recipe that had been bouncing around in my brain into action:
Ytee's Red Wine Meatballs
1/2 lb ground chuck
1 tsp dried thyme
2 tbsp roughly chopped fresh oregano
1 small clutch garlic, crushed (~10 cloves)
3 tbsp bread crumbs
1 egg, beaten
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp ground black pepper
1 bottle sweet red wine (I used Beaujolais)
Grated parmesan, salt and pepper to taste
Mix the meat with the other ingredients (save the wine, of course). Put the pan on heat and sprinkle the olive oil for even coverage. Form 1-2 inch meatballs out of the mixture. Saute in oil until meatballs are firm and browned on all sides (about 5 minutes). Remove meatballs and remove rendered fat from pan. Deglaze with entire bottle of wine. Add meatballs and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Reduce remaining wine into sauce.
As a side note – I know I'm not an especially good blogger. Not very many people read my site aside from my family and friends. I don't update the blog all that frequently. However, that doesn't bother me. From my perspective the entire point of this exercise is selfish in nature – I want to be able to occasionally tap out food musings and recipes, and an online diary like this makes a good vehicle for me to do that. From time to time I do get a little wrapped up in the postings, asking people I know whether or not they've read 'my latest'. However, that feeling usually passes, probably because I'm not all that proud of what I put out here 😉
Additionally, taking that perspective keeps me from getting too wrapped up in what this is all about and feeling the need to post things like 'I'm an unofficial ambassador for Houston' or making the video that is included in the same posting. Now, certainly Ms. Finan is a reporter, and so she gets paid to do what I do for fun and personal enrichment – but in my opinion there's something wrong with starting a blog with such visions of grandeur no matter who you are.
I suppose ultimately this tickles the chin of a pet peeve of mine. Many blogs, even those that are regulars on my rotation seem to me to be at their most boring when making grandiose predictions of the wittiness, prosaic expertise or social impact of the topics being posted. Generally these postings primarily dwell on the details of life, and are most often are presented without any regard to theme or storyline. Very few blogs I've read can truly transcend the mundane and make it interesting without a theme, and those few seem to primarily be done by individuals that actually seem to live in the blog. These folks (This is one) post constantly such that the theme develops through the postings rather then within each of them.
The bottom line is that it takes work to make the mundane interesting, and I resent individuals (bloggers or otherwise) that claim their lives are so intriguing that I should be enraptured at their infrequent, emotionally charged and unorganized essays about the frivolous details of life.
Or, for that matter, their long winded and unedited commentaries on blogging in general, especially when the blog itself is not at all purposed for such things *wink*