JoAnne’s Balls

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Guest Chef JoAnne Rock

Meet JoAnne Rock.  She is my “Guest Chef” this go around. JoAnne is a well-known Chef around Batavia and is currently working at Batavia’s Original which used to be Pontillo’s.  JoAnne is also part Pontillo, hence her exceptional cooking skills.  I can personally attest to being a taster for many of the treat she has cooked up throughout the years.  People chase her down to get her to make their holiday cookies, cakes and pies for good reason!

I needed a Super Bowl Party snack recipe for you all.  Those parties are always “bring a dish to pass”, and then people panic!  So, I asked JoAnne to help out, and she was HAPPY to oblige!  Thanks Joanne!


Preheat oven to 350


1 1/2 lbs ground beef

1 beaten egg

1 cup corn flakes (crush em)

1 pkg. onion soup mix

Combine:  beef, egg, corn flakes, and sup mix, and form into little cocktail sized meatballs .  Brown in the oven for about 12-15 minutes.   REMEMBER MARTHA STEWART’S RULE TO NEVER EVER LEAVE THE KITCHEN WITHOUT A TIMER!!

While meatballs are browning, prepare the sauce:


1 cup ketchup

1 cup water

8 teaspoons chili powder

1 clove minced garlic (!!)

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

6 Tablespoons brown sugar (how come you taste so good)

2 Tablespoons cider vinegar

2 dashes Tabasco sauce

2 teaspoons mustard

Combine all ingredients, bring to a boil and simmer til slightly thickened (round 5-7 minutes)  Add meatballs to sauce and simmer for another 10, then serve!



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