Cleaning the Kitchen...

So, it's one of those times where we're attempting to put off grocery shopping until it's absolutely necessary...you know, this whole crappy economy, etc... Plus, every time we go to the grocery store, we walk out at least $150 lighter, so I had to scavenge for a satisfying dinner. I found we have 3 packages of Ground Round, Potatoes, and the ingredients to make dinner rolls (see previous post.) Scavenging more gave me the ingredients to make this very easy and extremely tasty meal...a real "meat and potatoes" meal that was full of flavor.

These "recipes" are perfect for your own spin...add more or less or different ingredients!

Meatballs (aka Round Make-shift Meatloafs)

1 pound Ground Round
1 shallot - finely chopped
3 tbs. Herbed Spinach seasoning from Tastefully Simple
1 egg
3 tbs. Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese (I would have used more, but this is all we had)
1 cup of Italian-style Breadcrumbs
Salt & Pepper

Mix all ingredients by hand in a large bowl. Form into whatever shape you desire, this made about 8 very large meatballs that I served like Meatloaf, without the ketchup or tomato component. Place onto a non-stick sprayed baking sheet and put in the oven for about 25-30 minutes.

With these, I also made delicious Mashed Potatoes.

5 large potatoes, peeled, cubed and boiled until soft
1/4 cup cream cheese
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives
Splash of Milk
2 tbs. butter
Salt & Pepper

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whip (I used my new best friend, aka KA Stand Mixer) and whip until combined and smooth.

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