Thursday, September 4, 2008

"A Vegetarian, Except for Meatballs"

That's what La Petite Belle said she was going to be after K Belle suggested that we all become vegetarians, while eating our dinner consisting of pork chops, rice, and black-eyed peas.

I don't know if that's legal in the vegetarian world to be a vegetarian, except for meatballs.

Therefore, in honor of the meatball, I give you ... Meatball Stew. 
This is a typical Cajun dish, like hamburger steak with rice and gravy, only it's meatballs.

Meatball Stew

 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp cayenne (optional)
1/4 cup green onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup parsley, chopped fine
3 stalks celery, chopped fine
1 bell pepper, chopped (optional)
1/2 cup bread crumbs or crushed cornflakes or white flour 1 1/2 pound ground beef (can mix with 1/3 ground pork)
oil for frying (optional)

1 cup flour
3/4 cup vegetable oil (I prefer canola)
1 small onion, chopped 
 1 stalk celery, chopped
1 small bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 quart water (approximately)

Make a roux with the oil and flour. After the roux is made, add the onion, bell pepper and celery to the mixture and sautè for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 3 minutes more. Add the water, stir and mix thoroughly to desired consistency. Continue cooking over a low fire while you make the meatballs. Stir occasionally. 

Combine all ingredients for meatballs and roll into golf-ball size or larger. The less you work the meat, the better the texture and taste will be. You have options as to how to prepare the meatballs. Fry in hot oil until golden brown or bake in oven at 400 degrees in a sided pan or cookie sheet with a lip for 20 minutes or until brown. Add to the stew and cook over low heat for 20 minutes. Or you can add the uncooked meatballs directly to the stew and cook for 45 minutes or until meatballs are thoroughly cooked.

Serve over rice along with a salad and fresh French bread.


Jodie said...

Girl, you make your own roux??!! That's just crazy.
I bet it's tasty though. Next time you make it, call me. I want to come and sup with you. :)
If it's lawful to be a vegitarian + meatballs, let me know. I'm in. :)

Beachy Mimi said...

Yummy! Thanks for the recipe.

blessedwith5 said...

This looks great! I bet it tasted yummy too!

Can I come to your house?

Tiff said...

Well, they do make veggie meatballs, so she could be a vegetarian and still feel like she was fitting in :o) although, I guess they probably aren't called meatballs ha!
That dish looks YUMMY, I miss Southern cooking. I make it here but it's just not the same when you're eating it in Yankee-land.

No way, you didn't offend me with the Palin video, you were excited about it, that's cool! I think that we all need something to be excited about and hope for with this election. My views may not agree with everyone else's views but that's what makes us all so diverse!
Oh, and by the way, since I'm writing the longest comment ever, I totally want to visit your church if I'm ever down that way, everyone looks like they have a lot of fun. :o)

mamatutwo said...

I have to try that. Looks good. And girl, you're making me miss home...Lafayette, Carencro.

glenda said...

Thank you for sharing this recipe. We are Northern tranplants and my husband has been loves food from So. Louisiana. He's been asking me to try a new recipe or 2.