“A hot dog at the ball park is better than steak at the Ritz.” Humphrey Bogart

Yesterday was a good day. Things happened, issues worked out, and the feeling in the air was happy. It wasn’t a prime rib or porterhouse day, more like a Salisbury steak day, which in the long run is satisfying and comforting. Like a meat hug.

So hitting the #BGE with my more than massive cast iron pan I thought why not switch it up a little bit. Salisbury meatballs in a onion sauce. Then the thought of what to serve them with?  We’ve all had baked potatoes with the works on top. You know chili, bacon and cheddar, broccoli and cheese, whatever. So my meatballs sat on a twice stuffed cheddar potato with the onion gravy ladled on top.

Ok decadent, maybe a little excessive, but my doctor is on holidays, and cholesterol level is surprisingly normal, so why not.

Veal, medium ground and a de-cased  pork sausage for a meat medley. Dehydrated onions, worcestershire, a little soya sauce, garlic and pepper with some bread crumbs to make my balls. I sautéed them in the cast iron over coal till they were browned and removed from the heat. The onion went in to clear added garlic beef stock with a slurry of corn starch to thicken the sauce. Then back in with the meatballs to finish cooking.

The potatoes were baked, scooped and mixed with cheddar and cream till and blended till smooth. Then back in the skins. Balls on top and sauce over everything!

Nice and comforting.

Salisbury meatballs! A different take on an old standard.

Be well and eat well.

Scott

Browned

Browned

Sauced

Sauced

Over the top

Over the top

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“Red meat is not bad for you. Now, blue-green meat—that’s bad for you!” Tom Smothers

The world is not perfect. Situations are not perfect.  People are not perfect. And I am not perfect. But I make do and try. Last night I timed everything and then the wrench came out of the sky. We have a nurse that comes by once a day to see my daughter. This journey is almost over and I see my time off (unemployed) as a gift to take care of that which needs to be done. Well the usual time of the visit was bumped by an hour due to unforeseen circumstances and dinner was put on hold.

The BGE was working slow, the potatoes were working slow in the oven, and the asparagus in bacon went on last. That’s what life is about. Deal with the situation at hand and make it work! So the roast was still juicy, the bacon was crisp, and the potatoes creamy with the gruyere melted in the right places.

Food, cooking and creativity on the grill has kept me sane.

My favourite quote is from Robert Frost. “Everything I’ve learned about life can be summed up in three words. It goes on.”

Be well

Scott

Eventually, dinner was served.

Eventually, dinner was served.