This post was added to Monday Mania at the Healthy Home Economist.
Meatballs. Balls o' meat. Somehow the concept has never really done it for me. I mean, meat in a ball. Blah. What's the point?
UNTIL...I made some. I so get it. IKEA, you ain't got nothin' on this jaded mama!
Now, the thing is, I'm doing a lot of experimenting with recipes these days and I'm not totally measuring everything, so if you're going to try this recipe, don't come back at me if it doesn't totally work. The brilliant thing is that it's so versatile, and the only thing you can't take back is the addition of too much salt (and ONLY because it will be too salty, not because it's bad for you). I'll just say that I stuffed each meat ball as full as veggies as I could, and even picky Ms. Phoenix gobbled them up. Afterwards she asked me, "What was the green?" So I answered truthfully, "Magic fairy dust."
What? Spinach doesn't scream fairies to you?
Ilana's No Fail Beatmalls
• 2lbs organic, pastured ground beef
• 3 pastured eggs
• 1 cup oat bran (you could use breadcrumbs but we're trying to go easy on the wheat around here)
• 2 tsp sea salt (table salt will kill you. No, really, it will.)
• 1 tsp cumin
• 2 cups assorted, shredded or finely processed veggies such as spinach, carrots, parsley, zucchini
Mix up all the above in a big bowl. The best way to do this is to use your hands. This way you can also judge if the consistency is right and if the mixture is likely to form ball shapes.
Form the mixture into balls, any shape you prefer. For the little ones, the smaller the better. When I told Phoenix I was making meatballs she said she wanted mouse meatballs, which I took to mean she wanted them tiny. Done and done.
In a large pan, add beef or chicken stock (the best kind is SO easy to make and so incredibly nourishing. Did you know the store bought kind is completely loaded with MSG and contributes next to nothing towards your health? Seriously, check the above link and stock up. So so easy.) to cover the bottom, to about 1/4" depth. Heat this so that it's simmering nicely. Add meatballs.
Cover and cook for about 15 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through.
That's it, that's all! I serve this with plain rice and some sort of veggie, whatever I happen to have had delivered that week in my CSA basket.
If you make these meatballs, please let me know what you added or changed and how they worked for you!