This is the second meatball dinner from the “Meals to Double-Up and Divide” of Better Homes & Gardens Cooking for Two (1977). To refresh your memory, the deal is that I made 48 meatballs and froze them up at Buckeye’s house. Twelve meatballs each will be used in 4 different preparations (a.k.a. Meatballs–Four Ways). I have already made Meatballs Stroganoff from the ‘Special Meal in Minutes’ menu. I enjoyed that dinner a lot, because it reminded me of IKEA’s Swedish Meatballs. So I went into ‘Late Night Snack’ featuring Meatballs in Barbecue Sauce with quasi-high expectations.
Although Mr. Buckeye and I totally didn’t have this as a late night snack. This was dinner. I mean, that’s one helluva late night snack. I don’t know about you, but I don’t wanna be making BBQ sauce after a night out. Just give me a DiGiorno.
I must say that the sauce was pretty boss:
And here are the meatballs.
Again, I truly apologize for my piss-poor photography. And real talk–everyone who has food blogs and all their photos are so pretty–do they actually eat the food right after they take the pictures? Or do they make it solely for the photo? I need to know. Because if they are cooking and photographing and eating all in one fell swoop, then I am doing something horribly, horribly wrong. Of course, most times when I am cooking, I am running about like a chicken with my head cut off (see Exhibit A to the right). In this instance because I have no idea where the hell anything is in Mr. Buckeye’s kitchen. But, honestly, I am like this most times in my own home. I am a genuine hot mess.
I also just wanted to post that picture because it looks like I have a tiny waist.
But back to Late Night Snack (which was dinner).
For the chips I went all-in Baltimore-style with Utz. Because Utz are Better than Nuts. And Crab Chips are the shit. They are potato chips covered in Old Bay. They give me life.
Here’s the finished product (complete with Ranch-covered crisp relishes):
How cute is that little dinner? And it couldn’t have been any simpler.
For dessert it said fruit and cheese. Well I definitely went with the fruit but the cheese–chocolate is a little bit dairy, right?
Strawberries were on super-discount so I made chocolate-covered ones with one of the containers of waxy chocolate melty dip. You know the stuff–it’s always next to the berries. All you need is a microwave and waxed paper. Done and done. And, most importantly, delicious.
Now, I have to tell you–the best thing about this dinner and this BBQ sauce was that—dare I say—it reminded me of the McRib?
I shit you not.
Throw some pickle chips and sliced onion on these little sammys and it’d be like McRib’s distant midget cousin.
That is, if the McRib lived on the East Coast and the midget cousin lived in Wyoming. And they only ever got together for weddings and funerals. So, like, related, and connected by genetics, but totally different–like the little meatball sandwiches are die-hard Republican, National Rifle Association members and the McRib is a bleeding heart liberal who fights the death penalty.
So basically not really alike at all.
I think I’m just really jonesing for a McRib. Shit, why aren’t they in Maryland yet?