What better way to celebrate the release of Lady and the Tramp on Blu-ray (read my review here) than by making your own spaghetti and meatballs. This recipe is from the 1975 book Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Cookbook: Favorite Recipes from Mickey and His Friends. The cookbook is geared towards teaching younger kids the basic principles of cooking. (And the illustrations are pretty funny.)
What you need:
- 1 egg
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/2 cup broad crumbs or 2 slices broad, torn into tiny pieces
- 1/2 cup canned spaghetti sauce
- 1 teaspoon onion flakes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- use spaghetti for this recipe (and don’t forget that you’ll need spaghetti sauce and grated cheese)
What you do with it:
1. Preheat the oven to 400°.
2. Break the egg into a large mixing bowl and beat it lightly with a fork. Add the ground beef, bread crumbs, spaghetti sauce, onion flakes and salt.
3. Mix everything together with your hands (you did wash them, didn’t you?). Keep squeezing the mixture and turning it around and around in the bowl.
4. Shape the mixture with your hands into 1-inch meatballs. Arrange them next to one another (but not touching) in a baking pan, 13X9X2 inches.
5. Bake for 20 minutes. You don’t have to turn the meatballs; they’ll brown evenly.
6. As soon as you put the meatballs m the oven, start cooking the spaghetti. When you add the spaghetti to the boiling water, start heating the spaghetti sauce. The spaghetti and the sauce should both be ready at the same time the meatballs finish baking.
7. Put the drained hot spaghetti on a serving platter. With a slotted spoon, remove the meatballs from the baking pan and arrange them on top of the spaghetti. Pour the hot spaghetti sauce over everything. Serve with the grated cheese.
Serves 4 to 6.
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