Saturday, April 10, 2010

How to Make Chopped Meat in the Food Processor

How to Make Chopped Meat in the Food Processor

Becoming your own butcher:
When you see London broil for sale buy it, freeze half for pot roast for another night
First wash the meat, safety first. Then take a sharp knife and cut any fat off the meat. Take the other half and cut up into cubes and throw into your food processor using the metal blade, only do a little bit at a time. Pulse until it comes together and looks like chopped meat. The more you pulse the meat the finer it will be. Keep adding the meat until you’re all finished. Put chopped meat back in bowl and remove any silver skin or connective tissue that remains. This might be a tedious part, but you don’t want to bite into connective tissue later on, trust me. Now at this time you can freeze it and use it at another time or you can make meatballs in the same food processor.

How to make Meatballs in the food processor
Put the meat back in the processor and add 2 eggs, a bunch of fresh parsley, a piece of wet bread (either soaked in milk or water) salt, pepper and of course Parmigiano Reggiano. Pulse it again until it’s mixed. Then you have meatballs! Then half of the meat I use and make meatballs for sauce and then the other half I roll into small balls and freeze for when I make escarole soup.

Story behind the recipe
For five months last year me and my husband moved into my Nanny and PopPop’s house. Living there helped us save money to get our own place, and at the same time live with two of the greatest people on earth. I have been very fortunate to learn to cook from an authentic Italian woman. While living there I learned more from my Nanny who raised six sons on one salary, about how to save money, cook delicious Italian food, and love unconditionally. My PopPop was one of the founding members of Foodtown. He worked there until he retired. My Nanny had to learn how to save money and making her own chopped meat helped stretch her food bill.

Food made with love always tastes a lot better.



  1. I've never tried this. What a great idea! I'm going to give this a try!

    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

  2. Thanks for the tips! I love using my food processed, but just got it so I'm still learning everything it can do! Found your helpful post thru SITS...have a great day!