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My son made most of this dish by himself with me a relief cook just jumping in when he needed it. I asked him to increase the garlic in the sauce to a few more minced cloves. There were no other changes made. The sauce was simple and meant to not overpower the meatballs which were obviously the star of this dish. My youngest boy was the only one who liked them. Everyone else thought they were oddly sweet and the grahams didn't pair well with the flavor of the parmesan. The graham flavor was really out of place with the homemade marinara. I appreciate the ease and playfulness of this dish and my son and I had fun making it together but it really wasn't a hit with all of us. I think the meatballs would have been better with a cream-based sauce (think swedish meatballs maybe) or even as BBQ meatballs?
This was the first time I have ever made meatballs. I was intrigued by the use of graham cracker crumbs in this recipe and thought I would give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised by the smooth texture and the flavor. However I was not overly impressed with the sauce. It was acceptable but next time I will probably use my own.
My first thought was "hmmmmmmm...graham crackers...." ---- but the meatballs were good! Both boys (7 9) loved them. Smooth taste. I added chopped onions and cracked pepper. WALNUT size stay consistent with the size Next time I will PRE-roll the meatballs so I can cook evenly. I didn't make the sauce so I am only rating the meatballs.(I use Paul Newman sockarooni)
I used Cheese Itz instead of graham crackers cuz that's what I had and I found the consistency to be almost unmoldable. Maybe the graham crackers make the difference?? But I also used 16 oz of meat instead of the called for 8 oz so I dunno! I also used Motzerella cheese (again what was in the fridge) instead of parmesean. All in all they turned out very tasty not pretty but very good! Thanks!
Just made the meatballs: I was worried they'd be too sweet so I made sure to get plain graham crackers (NOT honey or cinnamon) used a bit more meat some salt pepper minced onions and some fresh basil in the meat mixture. It was great and had more of a hint of sweet than an overpowering which definitely would have been the case if not for the changes I made. It smelled wonderful while baking too.