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Friday, June 14, 2013

Facile Friday - Miracles are like meatballs...

“Miracles are like meatballs, because nobody can exactly agree on what they are made of, where they come from, or how often they should appear.”
― Lemony SnicketThe Carnivorous Carnival

Time sure flies when you are carting your kid here and there and working full time.  Does that sound like and excuse?  OK, OK!

The Daring Cooks challenge this month was meatballs and I put it off till...well...till Thursday night AFTER my son's baseball game.  What was I thinking!?  I did a mad dash around my kitchen to see what I had and how I could put it together.  I came up with the following list:

Left over ground pork
Hoisin Sauce
Mini saltines

Now, pineapple and pork are best friends in my world so I am thinking that I can work with this.  I took my small can of pineapple and pureed it till it was fairly smooth and added half of it, an egg, some of the saltines that had been turned into crumbs, a tablespoon of hoisin, clove of garlic, some red pepper flakes and smashed it all up.  It was far too thick to make a nice meatball and I remember reading somewhere that the best meatball has lots of liquid added to it.  So I added all of the pineapple juice and mixed the meat again.  First it was loose than as the crackers moistened it got thicker and thicker till it was just right.  I am thinking that these are Asian inspired pineapple-y chunks of yummy.  I will call them Porky Pineapple balls.  The question is... Do pineapples have balls?  

Why would you ask that?  That is a silly question!  Wait!  I have the perfect name for them..."Holy Crap, I forgot to make the" Meatballs.  YES!

See the pineapple in there?
I looked at the clock and thought, Damn!  It's getting late and I still have to write a post about this.  Time to make my meatballs!

Roll them into little balls

Put them in hot oil to cook

Brown them well on both sides

My meatballs were cooked but I had to have a sauce to go with them.  Dry meatballs are just not all their cracked up to be, if they are cracked up to be anything.  Naked meatballs would be like going to work with just your underwear on, not quite complete.  

OK sauce, so hoisin would be the major component and there would have to be pineapple because...well...there would have to be!  What else?  How about a little rice wine vinegar?  Whew!  I have some.  What else?  Ginger!  Yes!  Now we are talking Asian flavor.  I love ginger and this would be a great time to use fresh ginger.  It tasted really good but I threw in some ketchup and that made it perfect.  I heated the sauce on the stove and it turned a beautiful dark red brown color.  I tossed the meatballs in it and, good gosh almighty!  These tasted really good!  We ate them straight and on mini sesame seed rolls.  Fabulous! 

I surprise myself sometimes...OK more often than I like to admit, and this was one of the times.  I will attempt to recreate these and next time will write it down!  All in all, a miracle of sorts, but then miracles ARE like meatballs.

Be sure to visit the Daring Kitchen to see some of the crazy creative things that the Daring Cooks did with meatballs.  Man, I love these cooks!  Thanks to Shelly (C Mom Cook) and Ruth (The Crafts of Mommyhood) for a really fun challenge, even if I did it at the 11th hour.

Till we MEAT again!

 The June Daring Cooks’ challenge sure kept us rolling – meatballs, that is! Shelley from C Mom Cook and Ruth from The Crafts of Mommyhood challenged us to try meatballs from around the world and to create our own meatball meal celebrating a culture or cuisine of our own choice.

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Aisha said...

You meatballs look delicious :)

Sawsan@chef in disguise said...

I love recipes born this way!
You just work with what you have and still you get something amazing.
My problem is that more often than not I don't write down what I did and recreating them becomes an adventure all its own

shelley c. said...

Well I will call these "holy crap I am dying to try those!" meatballs because the combination of ingredients and flavors, especially seeing the photo of your finished product, is making me very, very hungry. I am so glad you were able to make this work and I thank you for cooking along with us this month!!

Joanne T Ferguson said...

G'day! Your meatballs look delicious, TRUE!
Thanks for the chuckle re the Porkie Pineapple name too!
Cheers! Joanne

Andy Drouin said...

I love the idea of adding the pineapple to the meat mixture. Isn't it great what you can create under pressure?

Don't Make Me Call My Flying Monkeys! said...

I enjoy this kind if thrown together recipe too AND I didn't write it down. Thanks for the comment!

SeattleDee said...

I'm still grinning at this post and the recipe title. Two thumbs up on your resourcefulness and humor under pressure!!

Claudia said...

How last minute, spontaneously creative. Sweet'n Sour Pork in a meatball, holy crap tasty I'm sure.

Don't Make Me Call My Flying Monkeys! said...

That is very kind, thank you.

Don't Make Me Call My Flying Monkeys! said...

Haha! I think I like your name better!! It was a blast for sure, even in a rush.

Don't Make Me Call My Flying Monkeys! said...

Thanks! Sometimes I am the only one laughing at my humor, so I appreciate that you enjoyed it.

Don't Make Me Call My Flying Monkeys! said...

It was very simple, wish I wrote it down, and I often surprise myself when it turns out well. Thanks!

Don't Make Me Call My Flying Monkeys! said...

Why thank you. I think the meatball name really captured their energy. I also think that I have to put fruit into meat more often.

Don't Make Me Call My Flying Monkeys! said...

You know, I didn't even think of that, they were a kind of take on sweet and sour. I didn't even know what I knew...that us so weird! Thanks for enlightening me and for the comment.

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