This is not my favorite recipe at all. I liked the meatballs, of course, they're probably the best meatballs on this website. However, the sauce threw me for a loop. It had an initially good taste, but then it left this spicy and awkward aftertaste in your mouth that was very unappealing. My family did not like it, and it was too spicy for my toddler to eat, so I had to figure out something for him. Sorry I didn't like it :(
This recipe is a total WINNER! I used Kitt's Kittencal's Italian Melt-In-Your-Mouth Meatballs (also a 5 star recipe). I ended up with only 1/2 cup of honey so substituted 1/4 cup of maple syrup; upped the brown sugar to about 1/2 cup cause DH had measured most of the ingredients while I was forming meatballs & he OD'd a bit on the cayenne. lol Our seasoning salt was out in the trailer & I didn't feel like trekking through the snow to go fetch it, so we substituted about 2 teaspoons celery salt & 1 teaspoon onion powder. I was too lazy to wipe each meatball by hand, but didn't want the grease, so I did what I do for draining bacon. I layed a double layer of paper towels on a plate & using tongs placed the meatballs on the paper towels. Then I layed a third paper towel over the top & with both hands spread out I gently rolled the paper towel back & forth over the meatballs. The grease was removed on all sides very quickly & without any breakage. After forming all the meatballs (mine were probably a bit large, maybe 1-1/2 inches)I was concerned that they wouldn't fit in my 2 quart casserole dish so I used an 11x7 glass baking dish instead. There were no ill-effects of doing this, but next time I'll try the casserole dish because I'm sure they'll fit after seeing them cooked. I totally forgot to start the rice in time so DH threw on a pot of water for pasta. He chose a noodle that's easy for our toddler to eat (unlike spaghetti noodles), so it looks a little strange in the photo, but the sauce was excellent on the pasta. We can't wait to try it on rice. Thanks again Kitt!