Friday, January 7, 2011
Another Successful Dinner Party
While in NY, I decided to make spaghetti and meatballs. For a crowd. I mixed 3 lbs. of ground chuck with all the other ingredients (it's a secret, you know), fried them to give them that crisp outer shell, and then dumped them into a crockpot full of spaghetti sauce (another secret. Or not. It's plain old Ragu people. No threat to the Pioneer Woman here).
The goal was to have the meatballs finish cooking in the sauce. I turned the crockpot on high and waited for the magic to happen.
And waited. Then waited some more.
I knew the appliance worked because we had used it to make chili for our Christmas get together but it just wouldn't get hot. A bit warm but never hot.
After 2 hours of that, I decided to throw in the towel. I announced dinner was served and hoped that no one would come down with e-coli from the undercooked beef.
As we finished dinner, I looked a little closer at the crockpot. Which still had the cardboard liner between the heating element and the stoneware. The meatballs may never have reached a high temperature but that liner sure did.
No one reported any awful side effects, thank heavens. On the plus side, I think I have invented a new recipe.
Spaghetti and sushi meatballs.
Posted by Misfit in Paradise at 12:53 PM