“The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”
Enter, my signature meatballs and my then boyfriend (now husband). Now I’m not saying he married me just for these meatballs, but this meal was the first big meal I cooked for him and did give him the impression that I could cook. The truth, if we could eat meatballs every night I could call myself a cook. Most nights I just fake it, or he cooks.
This meal looks impressive.
I’m not sure why I thought this would be the meal I’d make him for our big first home cooked dinner together. I had no idea how to make it. Whenever my mom had made meatballs it seemed like a lot of work. It was more of a special occasion meal for that reason. Maybe I was just young, naive and in love. That’s probably it. We’ll blame it on the love thing.
Turns out it’s pretty easy to make, so let’s do it!
1 1/2 lbs. ham loaf
1 lb. ground beef
1 cup graham crackers, crushed
1 cup milk
1 can tomato soup (10 3/4 oz)
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp mustard
White Rice (amount depends on servings)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Combine the ham loaf and ground beef in a large bowl. Mix together with your hands till combined well. Add in the graham crackers, eggs and milk. Mix again until all combined. Form balls with your hands. I make them into balls that fit into my cupped hand. Place the formed balls into a 9×13 baking dish.
In another bowl, mix the sauce. Stir together the tomato soup, brown sugar and mustard. Pour over the meatballs and bake for 90 minutes.
Before the meatballs are done, prepare the rice.
Serve with a meatball over the rice covered in sauce.
We usually have this with a veggie and jello salad. You can substitute mashed or baked potatoes for the rice if you’d like. Leftovers refrigerate well or you could freeze.
I hope you enjoy these meatballs, and maybe they will help you win over that special heart!