Portuguese Meatballs and Pops for Super Bowl Sunday

Portuguese Meatballs and Pops

These savory Portuguese meatballs cannot be mistaken for Italian or Swedish meatballs. They have a taste all their own. If you cook Portuguese dishes you will immediately recognize the spices used as Portuguese cuisine favorites. The meatballs are formed, dipped in egg, rolled in fine bread crumbs, and precooked slightly in hot olive oil. Then the meatballs are transferred to a red sauce of tomatoes, paprika, pickling spices and red pepper flakes, to finish cooking. The breading is a good finish for small meatballs to be served as appetizers. For meatballs sandwiches I opt out of the breading process and brown the meatballs without it.

These pops were a cinch and can be mixed up quickly. The time to process the rolls is somewhat lengthy. But if you are putting together the meatballs and sauce the preparation and rising times, meatballs and pops, knit nicely.

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Spaghetti Meatballs

Meatball Stuffed Mushrooms

And while we are waiting for the spaghetti and meatballs to cook let’s have a stuffed mushroom made with some of the meatball mixture; and wine, red to go with what we put into the sauce. Cin Cin!

Spaghetti, Meatballs and Stuffed Mushrooms

The spaghetti and meatballs (and the stuffed mushrooms) are ready and it’s time to put on the Godfather. Clemenza will be giving Michael instructions about making a good sauce. Here is my version of Clemenza’s spaghetti and meatballs … an easy sauce with meatballs and sausage.

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Salsa for Just about Everything

When I first met my future Daughter-In-Law Ann she found her way to my kitchen as all family does. Besides all the other wonderful things about Ann she is comfortable in the kitchen and a very good cook. She whipped up this salsa for our family during that first visit. It was a hit! So when I received requests for a fresh salsa I immediately thought of this one. It’s great to serve alone or over just about everything.

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A Last Minute Get together

Antipasto for the Last day of summer

Bruschetta with wine can be dinner. This took some rethinking on my part. In fact, I had to develop a taste for raw tomatoes, specifically Roma. Roma tomatoes are mild in flavor and the texture is firm. These facts made this easy. My taste for wine had not fully developed either. This was Ed’s favorite meal. The recipe is one he put together many years ago.

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