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Meatballs are entree or party hors d'oeuvre

September 26, 2001|By Ellen Hawks | Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF

Don Garth of Timonium was seeking a recipe for Spanish meatballs with tomato juice. His answer has come from Elladean Brigham of Elkridge, who wrote:

"I am a native Texan and I have a recipe for meatballs cooked in tomato juice from a cookbook I often used in Texas when my children were small.

"This recipe was submitted by a Mrs. Taylor Carter from Oklahoma City, Okla., to the My Fair Lady cookbook sold by a Christian school in Fort Worth, Texas, in about 1964.

"When I made this for my family of six, I would cook 1 pound of thin spaghetti to add. I hope Mr. Garth enjoys it as much as my family did."

Spanish Meatballs

Serves 6 as an entree, more as an hors d'oeuvre

2 pounds ground chuck

1/2 cup uncooked rice

2 eggs

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon onion powder

2 cups water

46 ounces tomato juice

cooked spaghetti (optional)

Mix all ingredients except water, tomato juice and spaghetti and roll into about 25 one-inch balls. Boil water and tomato juice and add meatballs. Simmer 45 minutes. May then add cooked spaghetti, if desired, and cook another 15-20 minutes, or until flavors blend.

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "Because the meatballs contain rice, I would say that the spaghetti is somewhat superfluous. The liquid reduces over 45 minutes and gives the meatballs a coating of thick tomato sauce. These can be eaten as an entrM-ie or as a buffet hors d'oeuvre with a little bowl of toothpicks. If you choose to serve them as a party snack, be sure to roll them tiny and bite-sized. The flavor is simple - for a little zing, add a splash of Tabasco and a little Worcestershire to the tomato juice before cooking the meatballs."

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