One day of 70 degree weather spoiled me. It is now 35 degrees and spitting snow.
I know spring is coming. I can’t be fooled! While I wait I will just be thankful for a few more days of cool weather to cook up some of our favorite cold weather meals. Before long I won’t even want to turn on the oven.
With the continued cold weather there’s nothing to do but, bake up some crusty homemade bread and a dish up bowls of steaming comfort food.
Venison Swedish Meatballs
3 slices whole wheat bread, torn into small pieces
1/2 cup milk
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1/2 small onion, minced
2 lbs. Venison or ground burger
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon sage
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 Tablespoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon fennel, crushed
2 large eggs
Mix bread and milk and let sit. Mix together meat, seasonings, and eggs. Sauté onion in 2 Tablespoons of butter until transparent. Squeeze excess milk out of the bread. Add the onions and the bread to the meat mixture. Mix well. Shape into meatballs. Melt 2 Tablespoons of butter in a large skillet. Brown meatballs on all sides. Place the browned meatballs into a greased hot crock pot.
2 Tablespoons butter
1/3 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried parsley
3 cups chicken stock or broth
1/2 cup half-n-half
Melt butter in saucepan. Wisk in flour until paste is formed. Add the chicken broth and stir until thickened. Add the salt, parsley, and half-n-half. Mix well. Pour the gravy over the meatballs.
Cook on high in slow cooker for 2 hours or until meatballs are cooked through.