Meet the Cook: There were seven of us children when I was a girl, and I was the second oldest. I began cooking as soon as I could reach the stove and stir a pot.
I'm a widow, so I usually make this for large gatherings. It's so quick and easy. The recipe was given to me when my husband and I were caring for foster children who enjoyed beef dishes. I've been fixing it ever since.
-Shirley Max, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
These well-seasoned meatballs in a rich tomato sauce are one of my mom's best main dishes. I used to love this meal when I was growing up. I made it at home for our children, and now my daughters make it for their families.
-Darlis Wilfer, Phelps, Wisconsin
Just three ingredients are needed for this speedy appetizer from Christine Smoot of Childress, Texas. “These meatballs are so different from all the others…you will never carry any leftovers home,” she assures. “I catered my daughter’s wedding and served them as appetizers.” TIP: “You can also serve over rice for a main dish,” Christine suggests.
These meatballs are a favorite around our area. On May 17, Norwegian Independence Day, many people serve them with a mashed rutabaga and potato dish. So this recipe is both delicious and very traditional.
This tasty main dish, pairing ham and pork, is a wonderful way to use up leftover Easter ham. Covered with a savory brown sugar sauce, these ham balls are hard to resist. —Ellen Benninger, Stoneboro, Pennsylvania
Meet the Cook: Always a favorite with my children, grandchildren and friends, these delectable meatballs take little time to prepare because they don't need to be browned before being added to the sauce. I've found that the meatballs taste best if they are mixed just until all the ingredients are blended.
-Ann Rath, Mankato, Minnesota
“This recipe came from my grandmother many years ago,” says Linda Chaput of North Bay, Ontario. “It's absolutely delicious. You can also use cream of mushroom soup instead of tomato or add a piece of onion to the cheese in the center.”