Monday, March 31, 2014

Jan's Meatballs

Covered dish, potluck, carry-in, pot-blessing.... There are so many words for one really cool thing we do at our churches:

We eat together!

There's nothing like it. Eating, talking, playing with each other's babies, watching the young people hang out while you wonder if romance is blooming...

...and all with that delectable fragrance of mingled delicious aromas of everyone's favorite recipes.

In all of our moving around the Midwest, we've tasted quite a few varieties of lasgnas, chicken casseroles, green bean casseroles, baked ham, sweet potato casseroles - not to mention the thousand different recipes for cheese grits!

But the one recipe I've been coming back to again and again (because I can throw it together in about five minutes on Sunday morning and let it cook in the crock pot at church) is this meatball dish.

And it's super handy, because you can either use convenient cans and frozen meatballs, or you can make it all from scratch.

Jan's Meatballs


approximately 60 Meatballs
2 cans Cream of Mushroom soup
1/4 cup Sour Cream
2 Tablespoons Caraway seeds

The meatballs can be the frozen kind from Walmart (or any other grocery store).

Just make sure you buy the regular, not the Italian.

Or you can make your own using the recipe I shared last month: Tortellini Soup with Meatballs. You'll have to double the recipe to get about sixty meatballs. Be sure to cook them well before adding them to this recipe.

The Cream of Mushroom soup can be from the familiar cans, or you can use the recipe from last week's blog: Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup

Can you make homemade sour cream? Sure you can! Pour 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream into a cup and add about 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Stir, and then let it sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes (the longer you wait, the thicker it will get).

I can't help you with the Caraway Seeds. I buy mine from the spice section at the grocery store. ☺


Combine the soup, sour cream and caraway seeds in a very large bowl. Add the meatballs (frozen or not), and stir until all the meatballs are covered in the sauce.

Pour the mixture into a crock pot and cook on low for about 3 hours. 

That's it!

While you're making your meatballs, let's talk about spring. ☺

This is what spring looks like in the Black Hills. My dear husband and I went on a research trip to Deadwood, and came home through Spearfish Canyon on Saturday afternoon - absolutely beautiful weather! It was around 70° at home, but up here in the canyon it was a balmy 58°.

You can read about this scenic byway here: Spearfish Canyon

Yes, that white stuff is snow. There was about a foot of snow on the sides of the canyon, and several feet in the bottom.

But with views like this, who's going to be complaining about a little snow?

Spring flowers will get here in June! Meanwhile, we're expecting a winter storm over the next few days. We normally get our heaviest snowfalls in March and April.

April 22, 2013

So. Make me jealous. How is spring coming along in your neck of the woods?

PS - I can't forget a throwback picture! Yesterday was Thatcher and Jeter's birthdays!!!! So we get a gratuitous puppy picture today, and maybe we can get Ruthy to share one of Jeter on Thursday ☺

There's my guy! He's four weeks old in this picture.


  1. Oh my gosh, that picture is hilarious! He looks like Beanie Baby!
    And I hear Missy bought a Mr. Latte maker.... She's going to love it!! Seriously best invention ever.
    I'll share my spring pic on Wednesday. We've had some really beautiful days, but it's raining off and on. We're trying to get out and walk several miles every day, but we always have to bring hooded rain gear because half way there, it will start to pour... then turn sunny just as we get back to the house!

    1. I love that picture! The breeder sent it to us (along with others) before we had picked out our puppy. My daughter saw this one and said, "He's looking into my soul!"

      He's been our puppy ever since.

  2. That darling puppy is going to be named 'Meatball' in my head forever more!!!

    Great-sounding recipe, Jan. I love easy meals that taste like I've slaved over them for hours and this sounds like it fits that bill.

    Spring is just arriving here on Canada's southwest coast. Forsythia and cherry trees are suddenly beginning to bloom and the underbrush in our woods is getting that early tinge of green. The east coast of Canada, on the other hand, we won't speak of. They are not amused to be shovelling several more inches of snow this weekend!

    1. Sounds beautiful, Carol! We're just passing that stage now. Blooms are almost gone on the cherry trees.

    2. You both have flowers! Virginia has rain!

      We have 40 mph winds and snow blowing sideways!

  3. I'm already hating spring - can't breathe - stopped up, ears ache, sneezing my head off and coughing til I feel like I've been doing situps..I'm miserable :-( looks beautiful outside though and the temps have been around 70s down to 50s I think - perfect except for oak pollen :-( and whatever else is blooming. gosh can't believe I'm saying I'm ready for winter to be back or summer to get here!

    1. My allergies started during the years we lived in Texas. I know just how you feel! Take care of yourself!

      Since we moved to the semi-arid plains, I've been able to stop taking all my allergy medication - except for a week here and there.

      Of course, today there's no need. I'm not allergic to snow :)

  4. Perish that thought about winter, Susanna, best look forward to summer. Sorry spring isn't playing nice with you!

    We had another blizzard over the weekend. That's the kind of spring we're having. I mean tons of heavy wet snow. Even the kids in the neighbourhood didn't want to make snowmen. We are sooo over winter right now. Too bad winter isn't over us. :-(

    So yay for brightening up my day with doggie pictures. Give Wynter and Thatcher a good ear scratch from me. :-)

    1. At least the dogs enjoy the snow!

      And ours isn't wet and heavy - it's blowing all over the place, causing white out conditions. All the schools and government offices are closed. A real South Dakota blizzard :)

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  6. I'm appalled you don't grow your own caraway seeds, you slacker!


    This looks really good! It would be great served over noodles like a stroganoff.

    1. We've had these meatballs that way! You'll want to add more sauce, though. This recipe makes just enough sauce to coat the meatballs.

      Now you have me wondering how caraway seeds grow....

  7. I love meatballs and these look really yummy. I also love the pix of the hills. Sigh. And that little peanut of a Thatcher is simply adorable. :)

    1. Can you see why I fell in love with him? The fuzz therapy is certainly welcome today.

      And I would imagine you start pining for the Hills sometimes. After living here for three years, I know I would be heart-sick if we had to move away.