Sometimes, a dinner plan doesn’t always work out.
I was preparing what I thought was going to be a delicious fish dinner, but between the methods I was using and ingredients, it became one chaotic failure after another.
I was initially angry. Angry at the mess that ensued. Angry at the lack of options to fix it. Angry at myself for letting it happen.
Life isn’t perfect. I want to strive every day for perfection, but it doesn’t always work that way.
After my moments of anger, I disposed of the “evidence” and went to “Plan B.” That involves my day-to-day planning. I always have a variety of homemade prepared foods in my freezer: soups, stews, chilis, or in what tonight became, meatballs in sauce.
When you simmer meatballs a little extra, they get a little mushy in a good way. That mushy texture is perfect for mashing. I spread that “meatball mash” on some buns with a bit of cheese and broiled it.
Suddenly, dinner is on the table and that’s what it comes down to: being prepared.
Sometimes, being a Boy Scout as a kid pays off 😉
Sloppy Joes a la Meatballs:
2 cups leftover meatballs in tomato sauce (I used my recipe for Roast Bison Meatballs here)
75g/3 oz aged cheddar cheese, finely grated
4 small whole wheat buns (when I don’t bake my buns, I like them from one of my neighbourhood bakeries, Dutch Delicious)
Preheat the broiler on high and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Add the meatballs and sauce to a small pot and heat over medium high heat. When it comes to a simmer, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Mash the meatballs with a fork after taking them off the heat.
Spread the halved buns on the prepared baking sheet. Spread the meatball mash on each bun half and top with a tablespoon or so of sauce. Sprinkle a bit of grated cheese on top. Repeat with remaining buns, meatball mash and cheese. Place under the broiler until the cheese has melted and gone slightly brown along the edges. Serves 2.