Hello and welcome to Romance Recipes where I am happy to introduce you to a new author and a new recipe! Two of my favorite things! Today I am bringing you author, Nancy Lee Badger, and her recipe for Venison Meatballs along with an introduction to her time travel romance, My Hunted Highlander (Book #3, Kilted Athletes through Time series). Please join me in welcoming Nancy and savor her recipe for Venison Meatballs as you read about her new book!
Slow-Cooked Venison Meatballs
16 oz. Ground Turkey or Beef (today, I used ground chuck)
1/2 Small yellow onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
Dash of salt and pepper, optional
12 oz. BBQ Sauce
Preheat oven to 400F/200C/Gas=Hot.
Mix all ingredients except the sauce and jelly in a large bowl. Mix well with your hands. Form into one inch round balls, and place on a rack, sprayed with non-stick spray, set inside a cookie sheet. This will catch any drippings. Bake for 20 minutes.
While they cook, pour the BBQ sauce and jelly into a crock pot and set on high. Remove the cooked meatballs from oven and let sit while you stir the BBQ sauce and jelly with a whisk. It mixes easier when warmed in the crock pot. With tongs, gently move the meatballs to the crock pot and stir lightly. Cook on high for at least 4 hours, stirring every 30 minutes (if possible) to ensure they are cooked through and absorb the sauce, then set on low or keep warm, depending on when you wish to eat. Serve these meatballs while you wear your kilt…or not! Makes about 36 small meatballs. They can easily overcook, so low heat might be the best method.
Plucked naked from the North Sea, Niall Sinclair wakes bound to the mast of a pirate ship. Hiding his identity, his reaction to their female captain makes him nearly forget his need to escape. Kidnapped from modern day New Hampshire, and now at the helm of a pirate ship in 1603 Scotland, Blair MacIan sees Niall as a chance to escape to her world.
Niall led Blair to a bench on the dais, while the laird sat in a large wooden chair. Food and drink appeared. “Eat, love. Keegan needs ye strong and well.”
“I’m not very hungry,” Blair said, rubbing her stomach. Her face was pale.
“Ye must keep up yer strength, love. Try the venison.” Pleased when she nibbled on a small slab of roasted venison, then sipped from a tankard of mulled cider, Niall relaxed. A fire roared in the great room’s huge fireplace, as the winter wind howled outside.
“This is different than any deer meat I’ve ever tasted, but it reminds me of home.”
Her words, barely above a whisper, made him lean closer. “How so, lass?”
Gavin leaned in, and added, “My Jenny helps in the kitchen, and she shared what she has learned. She said that the castle smells the best in its kitchen.”
Niall chuckled. “And what did she share with ye?”
“They start with chopped onions, sautéed in freshly churned butter, then the cook adds bay leaves, garlic, and what she said looks like paprika, whatever that might be.”
“Do I taste bacon?” Blair asked.
“Yes, and tiny mushrooms,” Gavin added.
“I’m used to venison meatballs.”
“Meat…balls?” Niall glanced at his lap, and shivered.
“I was thinking about home…” Blair’s voice trailed off.
When Gavin turned to answer a question the Mackenzie laird had asked, Niall leaned closer to Blair. “Ye barely speak of yer home,”
“I used to visit my cousin Nancy, in New Jersey. She made the best venison meatballs, mixing them with ground beef or turkey. Cooked in a tomato-based barbecue sauce, they were tender and delicious after hours in an electric crock pot…” Her voice tapered off.
“Ye will tell me, someday, about turkey, barbecue and crock pots, aye?”
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Award-winning author, Nancy Lee Badger, loves chocolate-chip shortbread, wool plaids wrapped around the trim waist of a Scottish Highlander, the clang of broadswords, and the sound of bagpipes in the air. After growing up in Huntington, New York, and raising two handsome sons in New Hampshire, she moved to North Carolina where she writes full-time. A former EMT, volunteer firefighter, and 911 Dispatcher, Nancy writes about kilted Highlanders, heart-broken dragons, and romantic thrillers and is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, Triangle Area Freelancers, and the Celtic Heart Romance Writers.
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