Saturday, November 28, 2009

Meatballs and Rice

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families. So, are you tired of eating turkey yet? Let's check out some beef recipes.

I was looking through an old cookbook and found this recipe for meatballs and rice that sounded interesting. It gave ingredients for making your own meatballs, but in this day and age you can go to the frozen food section of the grocery store and get meatballs already made.
Well, I had the frozen meatballs and I just followed the rest of the recipe and it was delicious! Even my picky grandchildren loved it.

Meatballs and Rice

Before you begin, you need to make some white rice. I put 2 cups of water with salt and a pat of butter in a pot on the stove and let it come to a boil. Add 1 cup of long grain rice, bring it back to a boil, put a lid on the pot and cook for 20 minutes (don't peek!) Set aside.

Frozen Meatballs (about 30)
1 - 2 slices of bacon
2 Tablespoons of chopped onion
2 Tablespoons of green bell pepper, chopped
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cook bacon in a skillet. Add onion and bell pepper and saute' together for a few minutes. Add frozen meatballs, cover and cook until meatballs are done. Stir and turn meatballs occasionally. Remove the bacon. Add the tomato sauce, water, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and bring to a boil. Add the precooked rice, mix well and bring to a boil. Cover and cook 5-10 minutes, fluffing the rice once or twice with a fork. Remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes.

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