Ball shaped food never fails to perk the interest of any child. Since I have two at home, my food balls are always welcomed with bursts of little squeaks of anticipation wondering what I put in them. Little do they know that they are just the boring old ingredients that they sometimes refuse. My five-year old sometimes segregates the food in his plate, "to eat" side and "not to eat" side. With everything mashed and mixed together in the ball, he would be needing a magnifying glass to go through his little stint of taking away what he deems unpalatable.
These balls are simple and dependably good. I roasted them in the oven instead of deep frying them. Sure, they should be tastier and have more moisture but as much as I can, I try to evade frying because it can get heavy on the kids' digestion. A tad less sumptuous but nonetheless still delicious.
I covered some with sesame seeds and some with breadcrumbs. The tastes are almost identical so it doesn't matter what you cover them with. I served them drizzled with soy sauce mixed with lemon. Serve as appetizer, main dish or a surprise for the little ones.
Potato, Meat & Pea BallsIngredients:
Makes about 20 balls
- 2 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
- 50 grams ground veal (can be substituted with any kind of meat)
- 50 grams ground pork
- 1/2 cup peas
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs + extra for covering the balls
- 4 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1/2 scallion or 1/4 onion, finely chopped
- a handful of fresh chives, chopped finely
- extra virgin olive oil
- sesame seeds
- Over high heat, boil some water in a pot. When the water boils, add some salt then drop the potatoes. Cook for about 20 minutes or until they are tender. Drain, mash then set aside.
- Over medium heat, in a saucepan with extra virgin olive oil, sautè the scallion. the scallion is cooked through, add the meat.
- When the meat changes color, add the peas. Season with soy sauce, salt & pepper. Cook for 5 minutes.
- In a large bowl, mix the mashed potatoes, sautèed meat, breadcrumbs & chives. Mix in egg.
- Shape into balls. Roll them on a plate with sesame seeds or breadcrumbs.
- Put a sheet of wax paper on a baking pan. Put the balls on the baking pan. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.
- Bake at 200 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes.