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Fall Suppers

It’s here and I feel it.  Fall has arrived.  The days are a bit shorter now, and there’s a nip in the air at dusk.  Oh we can still get sunburnt by September’s bright beams but we’re also just as likely to need a hoodie and socks as we are sunblock.

Without a doubt, Fall is my favorite season. I love the sights, the smells and nature’s bounty: fresh Honeycrisp apples from the Orchard up the road, pumpkins on porches and bright yellow Mums brightening up front steps.  I love being able to open the windows again and feel a brisk breeze float in.

Fall reminds me of my farming childhood, too. Of Harvest time, when there was more work to do than there were daylight hours to do it. Of meals packed in newspaper and beach towels, driven to the field and accompanied by a wash rag, a jug of lemonade and home-made pie.  Fall-in-the-air makes me want to cook like the farm girl I am and today, well today I did.

You see Hubbs was off harvesting some golf shots of his own, youngest was visiting a friend and Frankie was right by my side nodding enthusiastically when I made the decision: the decision to simmer up a classic Fall Supper: Swedish Meatballs.

Savory and tender, hearty and delicious, Swedish Meatballs are the perfect ending to a bright September day.  Taking little time to assemble, they’re best if set up and then neglected. Simmering only makes them better.

So with that, I give you, MJ’s No-Fail Swedish Meatballs.  You can supply your own moans & groans!

Ready? here we go:

  • 4 lbs lean ground beef
  • Italian bread crumbs, about 1/2 a cup
  • 2 eggs
  • Seasonings of your choice – I like Mrs. Dash regular and some minced onion

Mix above ingredients and form into 1 ½” meatballs.  Reserve about 1 cup of meat mixture and set aside.

google.images.comPlace meatballs in a single layer on top of a broiling pan coated with non-stick vegetable oil (Pam). Place rack over a reservoir pan lined with foil to catch the drippings.  (this is the pan that came with my stove and it’s great for cooking meatballs and meat loaf as the grease just drips off).

Bake meatballs for 20 min, turn and bake 20 min more.

Next, brown reserved hamburger in 1 tsp. of vegetable oil making sure to break the meat into small crumbles.   Bring to a boil and then pour in 2 cups of low sodium beef broth, stir well.  Turn heat down to medium and in a separate container mix the following ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp. each of:  onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper and
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley.
  • 2 tbsp. flour (last).

Mix all seasonings into cream and then stir in 2 tbsp of flour. You will now have a thick, seasoned cream … pour this into the bubbling meat/broth mixture and whisk at  medium-low heat.  The mixture will thicken and bubble.

Optional add-ons:

  • A cup of sour cream will thicken the sauce
  • Fresh or canned mushrooms (without the juice) add even more flavor
  • ¼ cup of dry white wine mellows out your sauce and makes your mouth stand up and smile!

*I add the sour cream & the wine and skip the mushrooms ‘cause Hubbs is not a fan.

Allow sauce to simmer on low while the meatballs are cooking. Enjoy the aroma filling your kitchen!  As soon as the cooking time is up, gently ladle the meatballs into the sauce and simmer on low for another 40-60 minutes.

MJ’s Swedish Meatballs: mm mmm good

My guys like these with mashed potatoes but they’re just as good over egg noodles or with Pierogies.  Me?  I like a roasted sweet potato and some stir fry with this.  It’s my way of enjoying comfort food without totally going off the rails (and yes, I did run today, whoop whoop!)  Whatever your choice, you can’t go wrong with my No-Fail Swedish Meatballs.

easy peasy veggie stir fry; an emjayandthem photo

These travel great and, like Chili, taste even better the next day.  At Mom’s last month, I made a double batch for a family gathering and froze the rest for her in individual servings.  She has commented, more than once, how much she’s enjoyed warming them up for an easy supper.

Are you feeling fall in the air in your neck-of-the-woods? 

What’s your “go-to” fall supper?

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  1. Yes! We are feeling fall in the air in our neck o’the woods. The sights and sounds of fall are some of the best. For me, I think chili is my go-to fall supper. That is to say, I enjoy eating it. You know me, MJ – I’m not a cook. 🙂

    • Oh – and football is back :). Not that I know/like/understand it, but I enjoy making the food that goes along with it. And I love chili, too. That’s on the list the menu for later this week …. mmm.
      Bests!
      MJ

  2. I will be sure to try your meatball recipe, it looks delicious. Today I had turkey chili in the crock pot and baked an apple pie yesterday. There is definitely a fall feeling around here and I love it, it’s my favorite time of year.

    • Yum, Yum!! I think there’s something about the fall air that enhances the smells of anything simmering – whether it’s on the grill or in the oven — delish. My fave time of year, hands down :)MJ

  3. I always like Swedish meatballs and the gravy over rice or homemade egg noodles.

  4. My mom used to make Swedish meatballs. I always like them over rice or homemade egg noodles.

    • Frankie the wonder dog got a little gravy with meat on his kibbles tonight; he’s currently passed out with a smile on his furry face 🙂

      MJ

  5. Thank you for sharing your recipe! I would eat those over sticks and love it they look so good. Go to fall food?…chili from the crock pot and real-deal buttermilk corn bread. If there’s no time for making corn bread tortilla chips work great. Had it last night…and will probably do left overs of it tonight because we’re doing 3rd cutting hay and it’s *actually drying*! Yeah Michigan weather! – Fall here rocks.
    ~d.

    • I’m with you there, D, they are delicious. Anything in the crock pot is just great this time of year. I’m fixing chili later this week and boneless country ribs on Wed (bought on sale – yipee!). I’m sure you are busy/busy with lots of fall chores and I am eager to see your photos of the horses & the colors. I agree, fall here (in Michigan) rocks!

      Bests to you
      MJ

  6. MJ, I am with you, I love the fall…also I can almost smell those meatballs.

  7. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I will confess I usually buy them by the bag–yes, I’m that bad. What doesn’t come out of a bag? Mexican casserole with cumin powder to spice, chicken tetrazzini with celery diced in, stew with cut up potato, carrots, celery and jalapeño cornbread to go with chili–

    It was 95 degrees earlier today and then with the rain, it fell to 75. Fall is making her way.

    • Hi Georgette, I have bought them in the bag, too, but home-made is easy to do and the taste? Beyond comparison. The dishes you wrote about made my mouth water; Please share sometime!

      Understand you’re quite a bit south of us but to get that much swing in your temps in one day really does mean Fall is making her way to you.

      bests!
      MJ

  8. Fall is my favorite time of year too, MJ. I love hearty stews and thick soups and your meatballs look divine. Must try.

  9. Mmmm… Swedish meatballs is one of my favorite meals. I love having them over boiled new potatoes. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  10. Oh my those look YUMMY! And the veggie stir fry… Mmmm!
    It was cool here in Hangzhou this weekend, too… temps in the low 60’s at night, with a breeze, had my 9th floor flat windows opened all weekend!

    • They are delish and that veggie stir fry is my standby … I make it at least once a week and eat off it for days (it’s a great way for me to make sure the fam gets their veggies as they’re mostly carniverous).

      You are on the countdown now, my friend! Safe travels back to the US 🙂
      MJ

  11. those look yummy! And I love that you wrote “wash rags”…..! Takes me back to my childhood….before they were called “wash cloths”!

    • oh yes, for sure. We always had a pail of “wash rags” with a bucket of water just for the guys to wash up with — combining wheat, rye, oats and such can really get dusty. A few mason jars of lemonade and another tumbler of fresh water just because, a few home-made pies and a big pot of meatballs and potatoes and they were sure happy to see us trundling up the dirt trail 🙂 MJ

  12. Those look delicious MJ. Today I had a hankering for stewed fruit, warm 🙂 I made my first post of chicken soup Friday. Eating with the seasons keeps everything interesting and healthy I believe.
    *anna

    • yum yum, like you, I like to cook with the seasons. Although I love the smell of a summer night’s grill, there’s something homey and cozy about a meal roasting or simmering on the stove 🙂
      MJ

  13. These look so good! I will add them to my fall dinner list. I love making soups during fall. Our favorite is cheddar corn chowder. Nothing feels more like fall than that soup.

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