What you see here is where dinner ended up last night. Yep. Right into the trashcan. (Most of the meatballs rolled off the plate when I tossed them. Taking a photo of them in the trash was an afterthought, and I certainly wasn’t going to go digging them out of the trash for a prettier trash photo — HA!) Thank goodness we had a bag of Paul’s Spicy Spaghetti Sauce in the freezer that saved us from imminent starvation. Since I had already boiled the pasta, dinner only ended up being about 5 minutes later than our “normal” dinner time.
I should have known this was heading for disaster when my idea to grill the meatballs on skewers didn’t work, as I was a little heavy-handed adding liquid to the meatball mixture and they wouldn’t stay on the skewers so I had to resort to baking them in the oven. Or maybe it was the fact that I was using Italian Ground Sausage that I froze that was picked up from the clearance aisle a day before its expiration date. Or maybe it was those really old store-bought Italian-Seasoned Breadcrumbs that have been sitting in my pantry, for say, two years?
No matter what the cause was, these tasted rancid and HORRIBLE. Ack! Spit! They were so disgusting that the only place deemed fitting for them was the outside garbage. Since I took the time to take over 20 photos of the preparation, I guess I can at least share another one. (Oh by the way, this was supposed to be Grilled Italian Sausage Meatballs in a Marinara Sauce over Pasta.)
The only way I can console myself with this recipe disaster is to make some authentic Tex-Mex Cheese Enchiladas for dinner tonight. I need me a good dose of Tex-Mex and at least I know how to cook that. Look for that recipe this weekend!