Movies we like
Aside from Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, we also enjoy superhero movies. 🙂 Batman, X-men, Iron man, the Avengers and the chibi versions. True, these films are on the violent side and in the past I’ve often expressed my dislike for watching movies and playing games of this genre. Maybe I’ve overcomed this animosity over the years…I just see to it that my kids knew that these movies shouldn’t be something to imitate. 🙂 Well, less the explosives and death-defying stunts all that’s left are harsh words and loud sound effects.
Favorite in the Movie
Anyway, spaghetti with meatballs was often seen in the movie, that’s because the dish is Ray Embrey’s (Jason Bateman) favorite. He happened to be a public relations spokesperson that Hancock saved as he almost died, trapped in his car on a railroad track with an incoming freight train. This is where Hancock’s story of redemption began but along came Mary (Charlize Theron), Embrey’s wife…who was cold and distant to Hancock. She cooked those meatballs of course! I was surprised at the turnout of this film…perhaps it is the twist that others find messy that makes me watch this film…The approach was original and disparate from the usual heroic movies I’ve seen.
8 oz. ground beef
8 oz. ground pork
3/4-1 1/4 c milk
2 1/2 Tbsp onion, finely chopped
1/4 c fine breadcrumbs (unseasoned)
2 cold boiled potatoes
4-5 Tbsp butter
1 tsp salt
1 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp allspice
In a skillet, melt 2 Tbsp butter, heat until melted and browned, be careful not to burn. Add onion to skillet, saute until golden.
Mash potatoes. (I just boiled mine and sprinkled with salt….parsley would be a good addition.)
To the bread crumbs, add 2 Tbsp milk to moisten.
In a large bowl, combine beef, pork, egg. Add onion, mashed potatoes, and moistened breadcrumbs. Add spices (salt, pepper, allspice). Add remaining milk a little at a time; stop before the mixture gets gloppy. If the meat mixture gets too gooey to form nice, neat meatballs, add more breadcrumbs.
Use a pair of spoons rinsed in water and shape the meat mixture into small round balls.
In a large skillet, heat remaining butter over medium heat. Add meatballs to skillet, being careful not to crowd the pan. Shake periodically so that the meatballs don’t develop flat spots. Cook until meatballs are done through.
Cook spaghetti per package directions and top with sauce and meatballs.