Easy Homemade Meatballs

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So I found myself with some ground turkey and in want of making meatballs, but this time with breadcrumbs, instead of rice-like before.

This recipe comes from The Spruce Eats. 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of Lean Ground Beef or Ground Turkey
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Tablespoons of Water
  • 1/2 Cup of Bread Crumbs
  • 1/4 Cup of Onion, minced
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  2. In a large bowl: combine egg, water, bread crumbs, onion, salt, pepper, and combine.
  3. Add the ground beef or turkey that has been broken into chunks, and mix gently, but thoroughly with your hands to combine.
  4. Form the mixture into meatballs about 1-inch in diameter and place on a broiler pan or pan with sides.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until meatballs are brown.
  6. Serve and eat!

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Thoughts After Cooking:

These were really good, easy to make, and everyone enjoyed them.

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For more meatballs, go to How to Make Meatballs With Rice

For more from The Spruce Eats, go to Easy Northumberland Pan Haggerty

Dao’s Egg Rolls

Happy Chinese New Year!

Thoughts Before Cooking:

So I have been bugging my friend Dao for years about teaching me to make eggs rolls. We finally were able to match up our schedules and this is her recipe, just in time for the Lunar New Year!

Dao’s Notes: Here is the recipe (but add to it as you like). Honestly I eye ball everything but I’m trying to break it down so you can make it at home. 

Ingredients:

Egg Roll Filling

  • 1 Cabbage, finely chopped
  • 3 Onions, finely sliced and diced
  • 6 Carrots, peeled and grated
  • 1 Package of Glass Noodles
  • 1-2 Packages of Egg Roll Wrappers
  • 1/2 Cup of Oyster Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup of Soy Sauce
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of Salt and Pepper
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 lb of ground turkey (or meat of your choice)

Egg Roll Paste

  • 1-2 Tablespoons of All Purpose Flour
  • Water

Dipping Sauce

  • Cilantro, chopped finely
  • Red Thai Pepper, chopped finely (The more you add the spicier it will be)
  • Peanut Butter
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1-2 Cups of Sweet Chili Spring Roll Sauce
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Water

Egg Roll Directions:

  1. Soak the noodles in hot water at least an hour before, so they can soften.
  2. Drain the water and cut the noodles a inch to 2 inches long.
  3. Combine all the ingredients and mix well.
  4. Make the paste by combining the water and flour, but make sure it isn’t too runny.
  5. Take an egg roll wrapper and lay it diagnolly, like a diamond.
  6. Spoon some of the egg roll mixture into the middle.
  7. Fold bottom corner over filling, roll snugly halfway to cover filling.
  8. Fold both sides in, creating like an envelope and roll, sealing edge with paste. It is very similar to rolling a burrito.
  9. Fry the egg rolls in oil, making sure the wok or pot is deep enough so they are completely covered.
  10. Fry until egg rolls are brown and crunchy, lay on paper towl to drain oil.

Sauce:

  1. Heat up 1 cup of water for one minute in the microwave and then add 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter, mix until melted.
  2. Add cilantro, chili peppers, lemon, Sweet Chili Spring Roll Sauce, salt, and pepper.
  3. Mix well.

Enjoy!

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Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo goood! I wanted to eat them alll!

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For more Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year recipes, go to Chicken Cashew Wrap

For more holiday posts, go to Matcha Green Tea Blast Smoothie

How to Make Meatballs With Rice

So Raleys does their $5 Mondays and they had two 1lb containers of ground turkey for $5.

A deal like that, I can’t resist. I bought them and cooked one while putting the other in the freezer. I had forgotten about it, but then was reminded and needed to cook the meat up before it went bad.

I decided to make meatballs as I hadn’t ever made them before-but I was missing breadcrumbs and it was late so I didn’t feel like going out to buy some.

So in the spirit of the 1940s (Tuesday’s post on The Secret Keeper), “Make it do… Or do without”, I searched the internet for a recipe that had a substitute for breadcrumbs.

This recipe comes from Delishably

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 to 2 lbs of Ground Turkey (or Ground Beef)
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 3 Tablespoons of Uncooked Rice
  • 2 Tablespoons of White Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 Tablespoons of Fresh Parsley or Basil (I prefer basil)
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon of Black Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons of Minced Fresh Garlic
  • 1 Teaspoon of Paprika
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil for Cooking

Directions:

  1. In a bowl combine the meat with all the spices.
  2. Add the egg, and mix.
  3. Mix in uncooked rice and flour.
  4. Continue to mix until it is uniformly blended.
  5. Shape into balls.
  6. In a skillet, coated with olive oil, saute the meatballs and allow them to cook until browned.

Thoughts After Cooking:

So I thought this was pretty good, although if I were to make it again I would try using something else as a substitute-the rice made them a little chewy.

But otherwise delicious!

Yum

For more recipes, go to Baked Tomatoes With Mozzarella & Parmesan

Chilaquiles

Thoughts Before Cooking:

This is a recipe my mom used to make whenever she had a surplus of tortillas and wanted something easy to cook. My grandma used to make it when my mom was growing up wjen they weren’t able to afford meat. My grandma and mom used to call it Mexican lasagna as the way you put it together is similar.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of Ground Beef or Turkey
  • About a Dozen Corn Tortillas
  • Red Chile Sauce ( Make your own or buy a can. I use Las Palmas brand)
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Oil

Directions:

  1. Heat up a little oil in a small pan.
  2. Cut the tortillas into triangle shapes.
  3. Fry the tortillas lightly, just enough so they are firm but not so much as they become chips.
  4. In a separate pan cook the meat.
  5. When both are finished cooking, take out a 9×13 casserole dish. Spoon some sauce into the dish, just a thin amount to cover the pan.
  6. Lay the tortillas in the dish, covering the bottom.
  7. Add meat, sauce, and cheese.
  8. Continue to layer with tortillas, meat, sauce and cheese until dish is full.
  9. Cook at 350 degrees F, until cheese is melted.
  10. Serve.

Thoughts After Cooking:

I love this recipe and love making it!

It is cheap, easy, and delicious.

For more Mexican food recipes, go to Best Guacamole Ever! (Plus Make Your Own Tortilla Chips!)

For more mom recipes, go to Basic Hamburger

For more recipes, go to Simple Charoset

Basic Hamburger

Thoughts Before Cooking:

Almost everyone loves hamburgers. This recipe is just a basic one that my mom would do all the time she made burgers. This is the bones of it, you can dress it up any way you like.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pound of Ground Beef or Turkey
  • 1/4 Cup of Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Large Egg

Directions:

  1. In  large bowl place the meat.
  2. Add the bread crumbs and egg.
  3. Work the bread crumbs and the egg into the meat.
  4. Form the meat into patties wide enough to match the bun and at the thickness you desire.
  5. Cook in pan or on grill.
  6. Add any extras or condiments you desire.

Thoughts After Reading:

I loved it, and I think you all will too.

For more recipes, go to Simple Charoset

In other news today is:

Have a great time and watch some scary films!

For more on Friday the 13th, go to C is for Chocolate Oat Crackles

Crazy Cantina Chili

So today is:

As I am part Mexican, this is a holiday I celebrate every year. I haven’t posted anything for this day yet as haven’t made anything that would be perfect for any Cinco de Mayo celebration. But today I have something:

Chili

Thoughts Before Cooking:

So a friend of mine entered me in a chili competition and I was at a loss of what to do. I’ve never really cooked chili, but then I decided to do a recipe from The Star Wars Cookbook:Wookie Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes by Robin Davis.

Ingredients:

  • 1 16-0z Can of Kidney Beans
  • 1 16-oz Can of Black Beans
  • 1 16-oz Can of Garbanzo Beans
  • 1/2  a Large Onion
  • 2 Tablespoons of Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of Chili Powder
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 28-oz Can of Crushed Tomatoes with Juice (I used the Diced Tomatoes with Chiles as I like my food HOT!)
  • 1 Cup of Tomato Juice
  • 1 lb of Ground Beef or Turkey (Optional)
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Sour Cream or Plain Yogurt

Directions for Vegetarian Chili:

  1. Open the cans of beans. Drain off the liquid from the cans in the sink. Rinse and set aside.
  2. Chop the onion and set aside.
  3. Put the oil in a large saucepan and set the pan on medium heat.
  4. When the oil is hot, add the chopped onions and stir with a wooden spoon until tender, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the chili powder and cayenne pepper and stir for 30 seconds.
  6. Add the beans, tomatoes, tomato juice; and stir well.
  7. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  9. Serve Chili with cheese and/or sour cream

Directions for Meat Chili:

  1. Cook meat in a pan on the stove.
  2. Follow the directions above, adding the meat during step 7.

Thoughts After Cooking:

I thought the original recipe was good, but wasn’t as hot as I liked it so I added the chiles. I also included meat as I thought it would be more appealing.

I didn’t win the contest, but I had fun trying.

For more recipes to help with your Cinco de Mayo, go to Best Guacamole Ever! (Plus Make Your Own Tortilla Chips!)

For more from The Star Wars Cookbook, go to Twin Sun Toast

For more holiday posts, go to Yoda Soda

For more soups, go to White Bean and Barley Soup with Tomatoes and Greens

For more vegetarian recipes, go to Two-Cheese Roasted-Veggie Pasta