Sunday, January 16, 2011

Guinness Meatballs from The Original Crusoe's Restaurant

I found this recipe for Guinness Meatballs in the food section of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It was one of those "Special Request" recipes that people write in asking about after trying and liking a dish at an area restaurant. I'd never heard of Crusoe's (Original or otherwise) but enjoyed these a great deal. I can't really describe them. They were nothing like the type of meatballs you'd have with spaghetti, though I did make my own Italian meatballs rather than do what the recipe suggested which was to buy some (I find the purchased meatballs akin to little rubber balls), they were a bit like a barbecued meatball, but the sauce was too complex for them to truly fall into that category. Suffice it to say they were just darned good!

I love dishes like this that work equally well as a meal or, warmed in a chafing dish, make a perfect buffet food.  With the Super Bowl coming up -- it's not that I'm a particular fan of football, you understand, baseball is my middle name -- I like to have lots of party food at the ready.

Guinness Meatballs from The Original Crusoe's Restaurant
Yield: 4 entree servings

1 cup spicy Bloody Mary  mix
1-1/2 cups tomato sauce (see note)
1 cup Michelob AmberBoch beer
1 cup Guinness stout
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1-12/ cups canned, crushed tomatoes, undrained
20 Italian-seasoned meatballs, about 1 ounce each

In a large, heavy saucepan, combine Bloody Mary mix, tomato sauce, beer, stout, sugar and canned tomatoes.  Place over medium heat and cook, stirring until sugar us dissolved.  Bring to a boil; add meatballs.  Reduce hear and simmer 1 hour.

NOTE: Crusoe's uses Pomorola brand tomato sauce, available at Italian groceries and some specialty stores.


Roberta said...

Yummy...always looking for party food that you can make ahead and bring to a buffet. Meatballs are always a good choice and I like them better than party hotdogs because of the nitraits, etc. Thanks again for sharing. Have a wonderful long weekend ;)

Diann said...

Oh, these looks sooooo good! Of course, I was hooked at the first ingredient...spicey bloody mary mix! LOL

icedteaforme said...

I love these secret recipes you share!

You do not happen to have the Mayfair Dressing recipe by any chance? my friend from St. Louis raves about it and I would love to make her some!