Put Brown Sugar in It! That Makes it Pennsylvania Dutch!

As you may recall, I have some rogues in my family tree and I’m not sure that settling in Pennsylvania only long enough for the neighboring farmers to decide that their kids looked more like you than them and then hightailing it out to Michigan means your descendants (the ones who know they’re your descendants) get to make pronouncements about what constitutes Pennsylvania Dutch cooking.

But, of course, that doesn’t stop my dad.

And, as I may have mentioned before, he believes that adding brown sugar to anything makes it Pennsylvania Dutch.

Pennsylvania Dutch ham?  Throw some brown sugar on that puppy.

Pennsylvania Dutch beef and noodles?  Toss a little brown sugar in there.

Pennsylvania Dutch lasagna?  Hey, just add brown sugar.

Pennsylvania Dutch fried rice?  Well, you get the idea.

So, I’m about to set some “Pennsylvania Dutch” meatballs in the crock pot and I thought I’d share with you the recipe.

One package of meat (in our younger days, beef; in our healthier days, turkey*)

A good amount of black pepper

About half a row of crushed saltines

About a cup of diced onions

About a half a cup of brown sugar

Mash that all together and make roughly ping-pong sized balls.  If you’re cooking in the oven, brown those fuckers in a little oil in the fry pan, and then deposit them in a 9×13 pan.

Cover in two cans of mushroom soup with a can of water or milk.

Cook at 350 for about 30 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked all the way through.

If you don’t fry them first, obviously, you’re going to have to cook them a little longer.

Anyway, I’m trying that in the crock pot today.  We’ll see how it goes.  And when I get home from work, I will make some rice in my rice cooker to have with the meatballs.

*Though, I’ve got to tell you, the turkey I got at the store contains 30% of the cholesterol you need in a day.  Is other meat higher or is this fake turkey?

7 thoughts on “Put Brown Sugar in It! That Makes it Pennsylvania Dutch!

  1. Ground turkey can be made from any part of the turkey and is usually heavy on the leg and thigh — both considered “red” or dark meat. That’s going to have more cholesterol than skinless breast meat, but usually will be lower in saturated fat (which is also a concern if you’re thinking of heart health). You will sometimes find that the very lean ground beef (93/7) is a better choice than turkey and the cost will be about the same. Any animal product will have some amount of cholesterol, though.

    For meatballs and chili and stuff, you might want to try soy crumbles. Comes in a bag in the freezer section and you use it like ground beef.

  2. Blah. This healthy eating stuff is difficult for me, I’ve got to tell you. Because, I want to eat better, because I want to put off my bypass for as long as possible–Dad’s surgeon told us that eating right and exercising is only going to put it off, that in our cases, it’s pretty much inevitable–but, going back to yesterday’s post, I, like most women, have terrible food issues.

    My first strategy was to starve myself, which made me miserable. My second strategy was to eat what I wanted and try to stop giving a shit, which makes me happy.

    But now I need to give some shit to what I eat, but I am nervous. I hear all those old ghosts, all that old shit tied up together about how we just need to pay attention to what we eat and know the numbers and run the numbers and then eat a little less and a little less and “be good” and not have snacks in the house so that we’re not “tempted” and how we will long for and fear the days in which we eat all the cookies in the house and are so bad and worthless and gross and so on.

    I’d like to figure out how to pay enough attention to what I’m eating in order to make healthier choices about what I’m eating without falling into that bullshit.

    So, we’ll see.

  3. One of the useful thoughts in contemporary feminism is that loving and respecting your own body and learning to live in your body comfortably is feminist work. Considering your whole self — the part that loves to eat cookies as well as the heart that needs to keep beating — and making eating choices to promote the well-being of your whole self might transform self-punishment into self-love. That’s different from playing the whole “magic numbers” game which we all know too well.

  4. That recipe sounds pretty good. You know, I just open’d the pantry (I do that about every five minutes with the hope that something will magically appear) and found some store-bought solidified chicken fat. I just found that funny. I’m thinking Mack should get over here and see what he can do with it.

  5. I’m not a fan of brown sugar, but hell, I’ll try anything once. Except for Coors Light and jello of any flavor. Just saying.

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