Friday at last!
Mixed-up Meatballs is the recipe I wanted to share with you in today’s post! This meatball recipe is a little sweet and a little tart but all kinds of delicious! It derives from a cookbook named Looney Spoons, written by Janet and Greta Podleski.
I have made this complete recipe but I have also simply used pieces of this recipe. Here is what I mean. The original recipe includes the instructions to make meatballs from scratch. WHO HAS TIME FOR THAT??? When I am rushed, I use my favorite frozen meatballs and pair it with the sauce from this recipe.
I will also be sharing how I make Venezuelan style rice, thanks to a friend of mine from college (Thanks Lisseth).
First, you will need to get your meatballs into the oven and cook them according to the instructions. Once you have them into the oven, let’s start the rice.
I have tried many different rice in my day and I always comes back to Basmati rice! I love the texture and the simplicity of this rice. It rarely gets mushy and remains firm yet not crunchy!
I place some water in a pot and bring it to boil. No need to measure it because you will be straining it once it is done! Into the water you will want to add some oil (I use Olive oil), a full clove of garlic and some Goya Adobo spices. In the USA, this spice is commonly found in the multicultural aisle of any grocery store. In Canada, we can now find it at many Walmart’s or again, the multicultural aisle of larger grocery stores.
I never measure it, I just eye-ball it and it looks like this! I imagine it’s probably about a tablespoon of oil and Goya. By doing it this way the flavor will infuse into the rice and it’s wonderful!!!
Once the water begins to boil, you can add the Basmati rice. I usually cook about 2/3 of a cup of rice.This will cook for 15 minutes! When the 15 minutes are done, strain the rice and remove the garlic clove, unless you want to eat the clove, which is fine too!
Now it’s time for the sauce. Take 1 cup of SEEDLESS raspberry jam, 1/4 cup of yellow mustard and 1 1/2 tablespoons of Horseradish (spicy or not). I emphasize seedless jam because this recipe DOES NOT work our when using regular jam for some reason! Place the 3 ingredients into a large pot and slowly bring to a boil.
By this time, the meatballs should be about done. Once the meatballs are ready, add them to the large pot and simmer together for 5-10 minutes for the flavors to marry.
Place your meatballs on a ball or bed of rice.
Doesn’t it look scrumptious? Pair this with a yummy side salad and it’s a meal everyone will love! It’s great as an appetizer for parties too!
If you like this recipe, you may also enjoy pairing your meatballs with my Mom’s Life Changing BBQ Sauce.