So, one of the things remaining in our freezer (that needs to be emptied for Home Improvement. See below post) is some ground elk meat. Also we triaged the end of our inside-ripened tomatoes (enough, already!!) for sauce. Considering that most of the seeds were unripe (yeah, duh, these things have taken almost two months to ripen under newspaper) I squeezed out most of the seeds and pulp of these tomatoes before roasting them, with lots of garlic and dried oregano (from the garden! which was hanging in bunches around the house and which I finally crunched up and put into jars because, lo, the construction dust, it is coming!).
I had fully intended to make a turkey-lentil-chard soup for dinner tomorrow. I mean, the turkey carcass from our miniature turkey is already cooking down on the stove with the End of the Garden Carrots (at least the yucky-looking ones that were only fit for stock -- I still have some pretty ones to make mashed potatoes with later. . . did I mention the 50# bag of potatoes I bought from a local farmstand for a song. So we have potatoes. lots of potatoes. And will save some of these Yukon golds to plant in our garden next spring if it stays cold enough in the back room to keep them from totally sprouting before February.)
So enough parentheses, already -- I roasted the tomatoes with garlic and oregano, dumped off excess liquid, and put the sauce through the food mill with the medium plate. And the sauce tasted delicious. So delicious that I took the Elk meat out of the freezer and am thawing it in anticipation of meatballs to go with the sauce. Except that I have no idea how to make meatballs, and my Joy of Cooking is up at the house. I'm thinking: ground meat, eggs, breadcrumbs, dried herbs, ball up and bake in the oven before combining with Divine Roast Tomato Sauce and egg noodles?
Any other ideas? Help, I'm a meatball neophyte. And I have some ground elk and a mean roast tomato and garlic sauce to work with. . . . (not to mention a full baguette that didn't make it for post-thanksgiving stuffing but was left over from the Big Party. I.E. breadcrumbs galore!)