What's for dinner, tonight?
Sep. 20, 2012 4:57 pm
Updated: Sep. 21, 2012 7:56 pm
The usual question asked of me, each day (at some point, or another...) A vague response has actually caused "panic" a time or two, but that's why I do keep some frozen quick fix entrees on hand... both store bought and homemade. I know, "dinner in a
box" may not sound too appealing, but hey, I can't be crazycook all of the time! Some days those pesky chores and errands just interfere with the master plan, as it were.
This afternoon, once the groceries were all placed in their respective storage places, I set about putting on a batch of Swedish Meatballs - I admit it, I cheated and bought a bag of premade, as my "luck" making homemade is agonizingly dissapointing. As of
now, some have been thawed, and plopped into the slow cooker with some beef broth, to simmer (or whatever) for a couple of hours or more, before adding whatever ingredients I end up tossing into the pot.
What has prompted me to stop in for a while and leave a post, is that I was wondering about the authenticity of the title "Swedish Meatballs," and just what would be considered an authentic recipe. A short tap dance around the internet provided me with some
unexpected information, however... the name itself does stem from Sweden, dating back to the mid 1700's. BUT, the recipes vary widely regarding what parts of many European countries (Germany for instance, has 3-4 variations, depending on location, though
they are not called "Swedish Meatballs!) They can be served in a creamy beef gravy (as I've always eaten them,) or simply in a beef broth, or have no sauce/gravy at all.
I do believe that most historians would agree that the recipe was brought to the US with the influx of Swede's in the northern midwest states... and
again the recipes vary greatly depending on geographic location. One common item I read though, is that most do indeed use nutmeg and/or allspice to season either the meat itself, or the gravy.
So, "what's for dinner tonight," well, Swedish Meatballs on noodles and... guess it just depends on how ambitious I become between now and mealtime!
So, as crazyness is my mainstay, I've managed to plan yet another meal (I've been running out of ways to cook chicken or pork...) "Dinner is served..."
Be well, friends, be happy, be healthy, be crazy!