Sweet Ranches

A 7-Generation Family Heritage and Commitment to
Rangeland Conservation and Healthy Food Production

Ranch Kitchen 

Karen's Sweet and Sour Meatballs 

Try this on in your crock pot! Here's our favorite meatball recipe for entertaining or for a potluck.  So easy and tasty. It makes the kitchen smell good, too! The deep red color is lovely and warrants serving in a pretty dish. Serve as an appetizer or try serving over rice as a main dish for potluck. You might want to double this recipe on Football Sunday.

1 Pound lean ground Beef
Garlic clove, chopped
1/2 Cup Bread Crumbs
1/4 Cup Milk
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon Worcestershire
1 egg

1 Can jellied cranberry sauce
1 Jar chili sauce
1 1/2 cup or can water 

Optional: browned onion, celery or pepper bites, especially if served as an entree.  Need it spicier? Add Sriracha sauce or your other favorite hot sauce.

Mix together meatball recipe into 1 inch balls, brown in a hot skillet.  

Place meatballs and other ingredients into a crockpot or other pan and slowly boil until the meat tests 160 degrees. 

Serve with toothpicks as an appetizer. It can also be an entrée served over rice. Add the meatballs to the warmed sauce, 



Cookbooks: A Few Favorites

The Healthy Beef Cookbook

You've heard that beef can be an important part of a healthy lifestyle. But, you may not be confident that you have the know-how to deliver great-tasting, health-promoting lean beef dishes to your dinner table on a regular basis. The Healthy Beef Cookbook (John Wiley & Sons, 2006) uses lean beef to add excitement and ease to everything from quick and easy dinners to special occasion entrées. 
The American Dietetic Association and the Beef Checkoff Program produced this collection of more than 130 delicious recipes, the latest nutrition information, and cooking techniques to create tender, moist, flavorful beef dishes. Authored by Chef Richard Chamberlain (owner of Chamberlain's Steak and Chop House in Dallas) and Betsy Hornick, M.S., R.D., The Healthy Beef Cookbook highlights healthy beef recipes with fresh, flavorful ingredients that complement the lean, tender beef.  Nearly 75 percent have less than 400 calories per serving.  

The Holm Family Cookbook

The Holm Family of Livermore has a long farming and ranching heritage.  Their cookbook has many excellent beef and other recipes used by the family over the generations. If you're local, you'll love the local history and family stories. If you're Danish, you'll love the Danish recipes.  If you love to eat, you've got to get your own copy!  The Holm Family cookbook, "A culinary tale of Danish tradition and western lore in the golden state of California."  Check out the authors' Cowgirl's Foodie Blog". We love to eat, cook, travel, entertain, and drink adult beverages. Join us in our adventures as we do the things we love to do!"  

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