Sunday Sauce a la Dean Ween

our Sunday Sauce

our Sunday Sauce, all served up

Schatzi: About a year ago, someone on Reddit submitted Dean Ween’s recipe for Sunday Sauce, and I fell in love. At the time, however, I was living with Jon & Maiya, and the latter disapproves of pork being cooked in her kitchen, so I had to wait a while to try it. Quite a while, as it turns out. I passed the link on to Eli, who also loved it, and we began making plans to spend a day making Sunday Sauce. But then we both kind of forgot about it. However, we both had this last Friday evening off, and we decided to stay in and finally make Sunday Sauce!

I have really mixed feelings about posting this because there’s an unspoken code in my family regarding recipes. Basically, you never tell anyone the whole truth when it comes to cooking because the best meals are improvised and you couldn’t tell it on paper anyway. You have to adjust on the fly, using your senses—your eyes, your nose, your experience, and most importantly your mouth. If it looks and tastes fucked up then it is fucked up. Basically, if you don’t know what good food tastes like, you will be throwing darts when you try and cook. (Continue reading Dean Ween’s recipe here.)

I love the format of the recipe; it’s both practical and amusing. We didn’t make any major changes, but adapted a little. For one, we halved the recipe. Also, there were no bone-in pork chops anywhere we looked, so we used boneless ones. I added the oregano to the onion, garlic and herbs, so it could cook a little before starting the sauce. And we used 2 10oz cans of tomato puree and one 28oz can of diced tomatoes because that’s what we had. Neither Eli nor I care for cooking wine, so we just used a chardonnay. Eli says the only other change he would make would be to break up the pork chops more about an hour before serving, since being boneless, they fell apart less. The end results were awesome: perfect, tender meatballs and meat in a delicious sauce. And we had tons of leftovers since it was just the two of us. It was also a really great time for us to cook a nice dinner together in our new kitchen; the four or so hour investment is a nice way to spend a long, lazy afternoon enjoying one another’s company as the house fills with delectable smells.

Basically, we’re totally making this again! And again!

setting up for Sunday Sauce

setting up for Sunday Sauce

cooking down onion, garlic, and herbs for the meatballs

cooking down onion, garlic, and herbs for the meatballs

mmm, onions n stuff

mmm, onions n stuff

meatball mixture before

meatball mixture before

meanwhile, I start the sauce

meanwhile, I start the sauce

adding tomatoes

adding tomatoes

a loaded stovetop

a loaded stovetop

mmmmmmmmeats!

mmmmmmmmeats!

cooking the meatballs

cooking the meatballs

a quick deglaze

a quick deglaze

starting the long simmer

starting the long simmer

the sauce three hours in

the sauce three hours in

dishing up Sunday Sauce!

dishing up Sunday Sauce!

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