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Meatballs!

Meatballs

Meatballs

I do have to apologize for the absence I was off on a lovely trip to Costa Rica where I stayed at an Eco-Lodge called Playa Nicuesa. It was simply amazing, for the location, the hosts and the food. We were constantly amazed with every meal. With all the hiking we did I still managed to pack on a few pounds!. Oh and the chef was kind enough to share his guacamole recipe with me. We had an excellent guide on our kayak tour Manfred Cespedes. He can be your guide to any place in Costa Rica. I think the consensus among the  guests that had Manfred as our guide was that he was the best one!.

Okay so now you would probably expect the guacamole recipe but that will wait for another time when I actually get avocados. For this week I am just going to write on about my dinner party.

I was trying to figure out how to add a meat course to my pasta dinner that I was going to make. Dinner was going to be a fairly cheese affair. I had a cheese course as an appetizer followed by pasta rolls (tomato sauce and pesto), buttered flat bread for the main and finally a Nutella based dessert. I was debating about making chicken but I had to have it all done on a work day and it had to be quick. So I decided to make meatballs. You must think, OMG, how do you get meat balls all done – its really simple. You can have these with or without a sauce.  I made a basic tomato sauce and added some spice to it. However, these are great to serve at a party with toothpicks as they get done really quickly and are quite delicious.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground pork (or minced pork)
  • 1 small onion chopped fine
  • 2 jalapenos, chopped fine (you can omit or reduce the amount)
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, chopped fine
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon oil

Method

Line a baking tray with foil and lightly brush it with oil and set aside.

Heat the oil in a frying pan add the onion and fry until slightly translucent. Then add the garlic, ginger and jalapenos and fry for about a min longer. Take it off the heat and let it cool.  Turn on your oven to 400F.

In a bowl combine the ground pork, bread crumbs, cheese, black pepper, salt, chilli powder and the onion mixture above. Make sure you mix it really well. Then add the egg and mix well again.

Using your implement of choice or your hands (I used my hands) form balls of about an inch in diameter. You should try to get all the balls about the same size so that they all cook evenly. As you roll them press them together just a tad bit. Place them on the greased foil. They can be spaced fairly close together as long as they do not touch each other.

Put your tray in the oven and let it cook for at least 15 minutes. Once they are done take them out and let them cool. If you are putting them in a sauce , now is a good time to put them into the warmed sauce and let it simmer on a low flame.

Hope you enjoy them.