Well, I have to say the weather this summer so far has been absolutely horrible! Rainy and cold, cold, cold. As I write this (Thursday June 30th) we are debating on whether we want to put the heat on or not. My sensible side says no, just put on a sweater, but the wimpy part of me wants to give in!
We haven't really wanted to be eating any type of picnic food or much in the way of salads. Today I made us some really delicious meatballs. They were quick and easy to make. Its the gravy which makes them so fabulous.
In all truth you could use frozen cooked meatballs (and I have on other occasions) and they are every bit as delicious. I've even used the ready cooked Swedish meatballs you can buy at the shops with excellent results.
The gravy goes together really quickly and is absolutely delicious. If you are using ready made meatballs, this makes for a great store cupboard meal! You can have it on the table in less than half an hour!
And it doesn't heat up the kitchen at all. In fact, if you use frozen mash (which I do more often than not now. I'll give you my tips below) it has to be one of the fastest and most delicious comfort meals ever.
Tender meatballs in a flavourful onion gravy . . . served with creamy mash and veg. Nobody's complaining! Everybody's happy!
*Salisbury Meatballs*Serves 4
Just shape the meatballs and place on a baking tray which you've sprayed with some low fat cooking spray.)
Frozen mash is a great ingredient to have in your freezer. At £1 a bag in most shops, you can't make mash from scratch for the same cost! And it's real mash made from real potatoes, not instant mashed potatoes. I add a few special things to make it taste even better. You can stir in a bit of sour cream, grated onion and a TBS of butter and you have a mash made in heaven. I like to thin it out a bit with some milk as well, so it's not so thick, but that's a personal preference. You can beat grated cheese into it, whatever. It's a great storecupboard ingredient!