‘Twas the Sunday before Christmas Eve
and the house was all snug.
But I still had to feed Hubby, Mom
Sam, Mom-in-Law and The Bug.
I had to satisfy this group
Before we got into our beds,
With Christmas Eve preparations
Spinning in our heads.
But #SundaySupper came to the rescue
With Emeril’s Potluck book.
I went through the list,
To find just what to cook.
That the next day we will eat.
So for today what would be perfect
Is garlic, spice, sauce and meat!
What could I make in advance,
so I would not go crazy?
Why, it’s “Paul’s Make the Whole Crew Happy
Sausage Meatballs and Red Gravy”!
OK, enough with the cheesy rhyme. It’s #SundaySupper time! (oops, sorry, I really meant to stop). And this week, we are having a New Year’s Eve Potluck featuring recipes by the amazing Emeril Lagasse from Emeril’s Potluck and Emeril’s Kicked-Up Sandwiches cookbooks! If you have ever watched Emeril on television (and really, who hasn’t?), you know that he is all about celebrating any special event with food and family. So it makes perfect sense for #SundaySupper to celebrate something as fun and exciting as ringing in a 2013 with Emeril and his kicked up recipes.
As you probably know by now, not only do we share wonderful recipes every week for #SundaySupper, but we also chat on Twitter every Sunday evening. Well, this week’s #SundaySupper chat is going to be an absolutely blast! I mean, it is nearly New Year’s Eve, a time to celebrate all of the excitement that 2012 has brought, and to look forward to everything that 2013 has in store. We’ll be talking parties and potlucks, sammies and snacks, family and fun! Because isn’t that what the holiday season is all about?!
Come get some ideas for what to bring to any upcoming gatherings you have, not only for New Year’s but for the entire year. I mean, we all get together with family and friends throughout the year, right? Well, Emeril has a book and a recipe for every occasion – appetizers and snacks for cocktail parties during the holidays, comfort food for feeding the entire family during the cold winter months, lighter salads for summer gatherings in the backyard, and all kinds of delicious sandwiches for packing up for a springtime picnic or a fall tailgate. And I know everyone has their favorite Emeril recipe that they have made, want to make, or have just enjoyed watching him prepare on TV – let’s share those, too.
So join us on Sunday December 30th at 7 pm EST. All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag or you can follow us through TweetChat. And not only do I promise you’ll have a great time and get lots of awesome ideas and inspiration, but by participating, you’ll also have an opportunity to win your own copy of one of these cookbooks. You’ll find more details below.
Also check out the other awesome potluck recipes from Emeril shared by my #SundaySupper friends, and look out for more chances to win copies of the cookbooks on some of their blogs. The entire list is at the bottom of this post.
I was so excited to receive the Emeril’s Potluck cookbook! I haven’t even paged through the entire book yet, and I have already marked several recipes I am excited to try. In fact, I already also made the Spiced Nuts that some of my fellow #SundaySupper friends are going to share with you. There are many great ideas for dishes that you can bring to a party, or just use to feed a large group at your house.
I decided “Paul’s Make the Whole Crew Happy Sausage Meatballs and Red Gravy” would be the perfect Christmas Eve Eve Sunday Supper, especially since we don’t eat meat on Christmas Eve, and basically just have a big carb-fest. With all the cooking going on for the dinner for 11 the next day, this was actually something I could prep a day in advance and just reheat it and boil up some pasta on Sunday night. Plus, what really drew me to the meatball recipe was that it did not call for breadcrumbs, like most meatball recipes I’ve seen – gluten free without needing to make any changes or buy special ingredients!!
I made a few minor adjustments to the recipe, though. The Hubby can’t eat too much pork, so I used turkey sausage. I was a little short on the anise seed, and am not a huge anise person anyway, so I cut that down a bit. And, unfortunately, my grocery store did not have Emeril’s Italian Essence, so I had to use Italian seasoning. Yes, I did chop five cups of onions and thirty (yes, thirty) cloves of gaahhhlic! And boy oh boy, if you came near any of us you would know that I did. But oh my goodness, were these meatballs tasty!! Everyone loved them. And the recipe made A TON! I got 22 large meatballs, fed the six of us, sent some meatballs to my mom’s when she took The Bug for a few days, froze enough meatballs to make some sammies for the three of us one night, AND I still have a huge plastic storage bag full of sauce in my freezer. But any mama who is 6 months pregnant loves having yummy, homemade food like this stored away. So nope, not gonna say that you could cut the recipe in half. If you are going to make them, just make it all and freeze the leftovers – totally worth it!
And Emeril, thought you might like to know, these meatballs…
are totally Bug-Approved!!
I mentioned an opportunity for you to win an Emeril cookbook of your own. Well, all you have to do is join us during our #SundaySupper chat (oh, and be a resident of the United States or Canada). In order to submit your entry, I need you to do two things:
1 – Leave a comment answering the question below, and give me your Twitter handle and email address.
2 – During the chat (between 7pm and 8pm EST), just tweet “@CupcakeKaleChip – Enter me to win an @Emeril cookbook from #SundaySupper. Find out how to win: http://cupcakesandkalechips.com/?p=3308″. Once I have verified eligible entries by their chat participation, I will randomly draw a winner from one of the eligible entries, and contact you within 48 hours from the end of the chat.
What is your favorite dish to bring to a potluck? Do you have a favorite Emeril recipe?
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 5 cups chopped yellow onions
- 2 teaspoons Emeril's Italian Essence
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 20 cloves garlic, minced (about ⅓ cup)
- 2 tablespoons whole anise seeds
- Two 6-ounce cans tomato paste
- Four 15-ounce cans tomato sauce
- One 28-ounce can whole tomatoes, pureed with their juice
- 2 teaspoons Emeril's Original Essence
- 1½ pounds ground chuck
- 1½ pounds sweet Italian sausage, removed from casings
- 1 pound fresh hot sausage, removed from casings
- 10 cloves garlic, minced 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 4 teaspoons Emeril's Original Essence
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 pound spaghetti, cooked according to package directions
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
- In a very large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions, Italian Essence, salt, and crushed red pepper and cook, stirring, until the onions are soft, 6 minutes. Add the garlic and anise seeds and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring frequently, until the paste begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato sauce, pureed tomatoes, 2½ cups of water, and the Original Essence and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- In a large bowl, combine the ground chuck, Italian sausage, hot sausage, garlic, eggs, Original Essence, salt, and black pepper, and mix briefly but thoroughly to distribute the seasonings. Shape into about 20 large meatballs, about ⅓ cup each, and set aside in the refrigerator.
- Add the Sausage Meatballs to the Red Gravy and do not stir until the meatballs float to the surface, about 10 to 12 minutes. Stir well and simmer the meatballs in the sauce for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, and skimming off any fat that rises to the surface. Taste, adjust the seasoning if necessary, and serve immediately over hot pasta. Pass the grated Parmesan at the table.
There are more opportunities to win. Remember there are 25 bloggers giving away an Emeril cookbook. Be sure to visit each one of these blogs, check out their post, and enter to win. There are duplicate recipes in the list however each post will be different. It is worth it to visit them all, especially for more chances to win a cookbook.
Sunday Supper NYE Potluck Drinks:
- Champagne Punch by girlichef
- Champagne Punch by Daily Dish Recipes
- Champagne Punch by Midlife Roadtrip
- Champagne Punch by Family Foodie
- Chi Chi Cocktails by The Messy Baker Blog
Sunday Supper NYE Potluck Starters:
- Spiced Nuts by The Cookie A Day Challenge
- Spiced Nuts by Small Wallet Big Appetite
- Spiced Nuts by Home Cooking Memories
- Spiced Nuts by Mama.Mommy.Mom
- Prosciutto Breadsticks & Spiced Nuts by Galactosemia in PDX
Sunday Supper NYE Potluck Dishes and Sandwiches:
- Sopressata and Genoa Salami Calzones by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
- Paul’s Make the Whole Crew Happy Sausage Meatballs with Red Gravy by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Paul’s Make the Whole Crew Happy Sausage Meatballs with Red Gravy by The Meltaways
- Paul’s Make the Whole Crew Happy Sausage Meatballs with Red Gravy by Craving’s of a Lunatic
- Three Cheese Veggie Sandwich by Supper for a Steal
- Three Cheese Veggie Sandwich by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Three Cheese Veggie Sandwich by Diabetic Foodie
- Three Cheese Veggie Sandwich by From Fast Food to Fresh Food
- Three Cheese Veggie Sandwich by In the Kitchen with Audrey and Maurene
- Columbia Street Grinder by The Foodie Army Wife
- Columbia Street Grinder by The Weekend Gourmet
- Columbia Street Grinder by She likes ruffles, he likes truffles
- Columbia Street Grinder by Momma’s Meals
- Emeril’s Columbia Street Grinder Kicked Up a Notch New Orleans Style by The Catholic Foodie
- Eggplant Muffuletta by Mom’s Test Kitchen
- A Vegetarian Take on Emeril’s Kicked Up Sandwiches Tonkatsu Sandwich by Ninja Baking
- New Orleans Style Garlic BBQ Shrimp by Comfy Cuisine
Sunday Supper NYE Desserts:
- New Orleans-Style Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce by Magnolia Days
- New Orleans-Style Bread Pudding with 2 Sauces by Juanita’s Cocina
- Angel Cake Sandwiches by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Coffee Cake with Crumble Topping and Brown Sugar Glaze by Damn Delicious
Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter each Sunday. We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET and you do not want to miss out on the fun. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.
This recipe was shared with: Thursday’s Treasures Week 67