Recipe Finder

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."

Recipe requests

Gini Ramkomut of Greensburg, Pa., wants a recipe for Carrot Loaf, which she believes contains "carrots, spinach and some kind of cheese. It is baked in a loaf pan and can be served hot or cold."

Olivia J. Walker of Baltimore is seeking a Lemon Chicken recipe, which she says she plans to make and serve for about 100 people.

If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request for a hard-to-find recipe, write to Ellen Hawks, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278. If you send more than one recipe, please put each on a separate sheet of paper with your name, address and daytime phone number. Important: Please list the ingredients in order of use, and note the number of servings each recipe makes. Please type or print contributions. Letters may be edited for clarity.

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.