The Sanitation Department gave up. The job was too big. Everyone feared for their lives. They couldn’t go outside most of the time. Many houses had been badly damaged by giant meatballs, stores were boarded up and there was no more school for the children.
So a decision was made to abandon the town of Chewandswallow.
It was a matter of survival.
-Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, Judi and Ron Barrett
Food’s great. No denying it. But what makes food even better, is when it’s shrunk down to a mini size that makes people oooh and ahhh abou the cuteness. Or, in this case, where food is made a gizillion times bigger than it’s usual size. Suddenly, food is just plain fun.
Course, this gigantic meatball isn’t a single serve, and this meatball is more meatloaf. Although some people use the same recipe for both. The recipe is straight forward, but before you start, you will need round bowls to bake in. Two, to be exact, so they cook through to the middle well. I used Wilton Sports Ball Pan Set from Amazon. Again, one of those things I bought yonks ago, but that’s just been sitting and waiting to be used. But if you have 500g sized round glass or metal ovensafe bowls, use those instead.
I’ve used beef mince, but this is up to you. Some people use turkey (nice healthy alternative). Some people use pork or lamb, and in some cases, a mix. You can also add in chopped vegetables like finely chopped green pepper or carrots.
- 1kg beef mince
- 2 spring onions (or one brown onion), finely chopped
- ¾ cup tomato sauce
- ½ cup breadcrumbs
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2-3 tbsp dried italian herbs (or mixed herbs, or which ever herbs you use with basic meat dishes)
- Preheat oven to 180C/ 355F.
- In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients by hand until well mixed.
- Spray the containers you'll be baking in with oil. I'd even add a long 4-5 cm wide strip of baking paper so it hangs over the edges and runs through the middle. That's the part that loves to stick the most! Split the meat mixture in two, and pat them into the round bowls. This one kilo mix fit the sports ball cake pans perfectly.
- Place (if using the ball cake pans) on a baking tray for support (the cake pans come with a little stand so the pans don't roll around) and cook for 50 minutes.
- Meanwhile, cook up enough spaghetti for four people to go with it.
- Pull the meatloaf out of the oven and let sit for 5-10 minutes, then turn upside down, out of the pans, before piecing the two meatball halfs together. Wear food gloves, it's hot! And don't worry if bits and pieces fall apart. Your meatloaf should be moist, so just squish it back together. I had a whole quarter of mine pull apart, but it just got smooshed back in and it stayed.
- Serve on a huge platter to the middle of the table, with the 'meatball' on top of cooked spagetti and topped with tomato sauce. You can use one of the cake pan stands for support on the plate.