Ikea recently opened its doors on the waterfront in Red Hook, Brooklyn. While there are some downsides, namely, the view of the Statue of Liberty from Sunset Park is now obstructed by a giant, blue and yellow, admittedly well-designed billboard, and no press has covered this eyesore collateral damage, overall, it is a well-received addition to the neighborhood.
Here’s the big upside for me: 2.5lb bags of frozen Swedish meatballs.
I’m getting up the chutzpah to defrost the meat and do something more adventurous than, say, Swedish meatballs for dinner. But they’re just so easy. Perfect little bite-sized rounds, bake ’til done, boil some potatoes and violà! A dinner a Swedish-by-heritage husband can enjoy.
Tonight I got a bit more adventurous:
Enough frozen Ikea meatballs for the number of people you’re serving. The package recommends 6 per person. I do eight.
a packet of Ikea Food Brand Gråddsås (Cream sauce mix) made to packet instructions
1 bag extra broad egg noodles
1 bag frozen peas and carrots
Bake the meatballs. Boil the noodles. Make the cream sauce in a pan large enough to hold noodles, veg and meatballs. When the sauce is done, according to packet directions, add the noodles, veg and balls. Mix well and serve.
The perfect Wednesday night, husband has final test, kind of meal.
*I’ve never actually had Beef Stroganoff. My mom hated it so she never made it at home, and I haven’t had the first hand pleasure, so this is my approximation. Correct me if I’m wrong, but don’t tell me I’m slumming. On a Wednesday, slumming is just fine by me.