Monday, January 22, 2007

Munchie Mondays: Meatballs

Someone told me I ought to record more of my recipes so here we have it, an Adzuki Blog exclusive Munchie Mondays! (imagine that announcement in a big booming voice with lots of reverberation.) Speaking of deep voices, my jeweler just called and got me mixed up with my husband. Good grief!

Anyway, I figured every Monday I'll try to record some sort of Cindy recipe on here. Let's see how well I can keep to schedule....

Meatballs-Cindy Style (as in super calorific)
(makes about 24-30 meatballs)

1 lb ground beef
1 cup of chopped Kielbasa pork sausage
2 slices of bacon chopped coarsely
3/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsely
1/2 cup of chopped chopped fresh basil
1 small onion diced
4 cloves of garlic crushed and chopped
3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 egg
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 tbs Soy Sauce
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
(milk for adjusting consistency)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Dump everything into a bowl. Using hands mix well. If the consistence is too dry, add milk. If it is too wet, add bread crumbs. This isn't an exact science, so there's a lot of room for deviation for the mixtures, so don't worry about perfect measurements.

Form meat mixture into 1 1/2 inch diameter balls. Some people use a small ice cream scoop---me, I'm not that anal, so I just estimate using my hands. Place onto an ungreased baking sheet about 1/2 an inch apart. Bake for a about 20-25 minutes or until center juices are no longer pink.

Since there's a lot of fat from the bacon and sausage, the likelihood of drying out is diminished. Hence, you don't have to rely on copious amounts of sauce to make them moist. The nutmeg, cinnamon and soy sauce give a nice rich and complex flavor. If that's just too weird for you, just omit and use 1 tsp of salt instead.

These things freeze really well too. Just stick the entire baking sheet in the freeze and then transfer the meatballs into freezer bags.

I actually like eating these on top of rice with peanut or fish sauce, but of course these are perfect with spaghetti or as filler for Italian sandwiches. Yummy!

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Blogger Samantha said...


I should pick up some peanut and fish sauces. I'm just not sure what exactly to look for :D

Monday, January 22, 2007  
Blogger cchang said...

I don't know what is a good brand for fish sauce to be honest. However, I can say I haven't really come across a bad variety especially when you mix it with the Vietnamese hot chili sauce that comes in the squirty bottles and chopped garlic.

Peanut sauce you can make youself pretty easily (chunky peanut butter, soy sauce, chopped cilantro, sesame oil, fish sauce in some proportion...)

Monday, January 22, 2007  
Blogger sarah said...

yum. i'm going to have to make those meatballs sometime...

Monday, January 22, 2007  
Blogger cchang said...

Aren't you glad you're not a vegetarian?
Granted, I'm sure it would taste just as good with soy meats are well.

Monday, January 22, 2007  
Blogger sarah said...

heh. not. :)

Tuesday, January 23, 2007  
Blogger dasMobius said...

MMmmm! That looks good!

- about your ballet post: I can totally picture you in that show! Awesome!

(Yeah, I started a blog... mainly so that I can comment on here. I do actually look at this from time to time!)

Wednesday, January 24, 2007  
Blogger johnnyleechang said...

hey cindy- i bought a dresden dolls dvd with my gift card money. they are grossly overrated i have some to find.

Thursday, January 25, 2007  
Blogger cchang said...

Whoo hoo! Shawn is blogging now.

Thursday, January 25, 2007  
Blogger cchang said...

JBro, I've got that DVD, ya know. You can return it and borrow mine.

Thursday, January 25, 2007  
Blogger johnnyleechang said...

i will save it... but i cant believe they ate up 3 hours of the dvd showing an overweight woman wash her face and eat breakfast foods. i do not want to see a day in the life of...i wanted a ton of music!

Thursday, January 25, 2007  
Blogger cchang said...

I actually found that part more interesting than the music itself. I loved all the pre show stuff too.

Thursday, January 25, 2007  

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