Monday, June 7, 2010

Cocktail/Aperitif Meatballs

These aren't the lightest or healthiest things I have ever posted, but they sure are good. They are, once again, served at cocktail hour to my French neighbors & friends in my quest to open the french world to great American cooking! I adapted these, out of necessity of lack of ingredients, from my friend Tani's recipe.

Tani's Meatballs

1 lb (500grams) ground lamb or beef, with a bit of fat on it, not too lean
(You can choose to mix this with sausage/farci meat if you like)
1 cup grated (rape) emmental or swiss cheese
1 package feta cheese, broken or cut into as small pieces as you can cut
Old/hard bread or breakfast biscuits,to make 1 cup ground -you can substitute fine polenta or semolina in a in a pinch
1 tsp (coffee spoon) flax seeds or 2 tsp ground flax seeds
1 tsp seasalt

Pre-heat oven to 350F/175C.
Grind up bread and flax in food processor to make it inot fine crumbs.
Combine all ingredients in large bowl, by HAND. Squeeze into 1 inch/2 cm balls. It is important to squeeze them well so they don't fall apart in the cooking.
Place on a baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes.

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