Posted on 01 July 2010 by

Dinner and a Movie: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

chance-of-meatballsBy Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Recently my family and I showcased Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs in our backyard along with our traditional movie night dinner.

This may not be familiar to some but the just of this Family Movie Night is that a meal is planned along with the lines of the movie’s theme.

This particular movie had a lot of food choices but we decided on a Burger Bar with homemade ketchup, Ranch Dressing potatoes, fried green beans, and Tomato Ketchup Apple Pie with homemade vanilla ice cream.

Movie snacks were also planned and consisted of gummy bears, fish crackers, and homemade lemonade. While the menu may seem a lot of work my family enjoys picking the movie, planning the menu, and preparing it together. So this summer give Dinner and a Movie Family Night a try I promise it will create memories that will last forever.

Below are 2 recipes that my family used for our Dinner and a Movie Night. Hopefully you will try these or you will create your own but regardless do not forget to record those special moments with pictures and/or your own Dinner and a Movie Cookbook.

Homemade Hot Chili Tomato Ketchup

  • 8 lbs tomatoes, washed
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped jalapeno or other hot peppers, washed
  • 2 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups vinegar
  • 1-cup corn syrup
  • 2-teaspoon celery salt
  • Additional salt to taste

Quarter tomatoes and put in a nonreactive saucepan with onions, jalapeno peppers, and garlic. Cook over medium heat for 30-35 minutes stirring occasionally or until vegetables are soft then put the vegetables trough a sieve. Push down on the vegetables to get the most juice out as possible. Reserve juice.

Wash pan used previously and place reserved juice back in. Add vinegar, corn syrup, celery salt, and salt to taste. Bring to a simmer and cook from 2-2 ½ hours. This mixture will be thick so it is important to stir occasionally during this process. Once done cooking place ketchup in sterilized jars and store in the refrigerator or can according to manufacture’s directions.

Homemade Ketchup Apple Pie

  • 1/3-cup homemade ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 6 cups tart cooking apples, peeled and sliced
  • 2/3-cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell

Preheat oven at 425 degrees F. Mix homemade tomato ketchup and lemon juice together. Add apple slices and set aside. In a separate bowl combine flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Cut butter or margarine into this mixture until thoroughly mixed. Place apple slices in unbaked pie shell and top with crumb topping. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes and serve warm with sharp cheddar cheese or vanilla ice cream.

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