Monday, October 28, 2013

Hoisin Cocktail Meatballs

I sometime find it really hard to come up with appetizer ideas. I think I rotate the same few ideas and realized that lately I'm tired of those. Recently one of my friends just moved and had a housewarming party where everybody brought an appetizer/finger food. I wanted to make something new and began looking around. I knew I wanted to make meatballs of some sort, but didn't want your classic Italian style option.

I came across this recipe after looking through many, many Asian meatball ideas. I knew I wanted to serve them with a sauce, which surprisingly is not included in many recipes. I also knew that I didn't want to do anything too complicated or with too many ingredients I didn't already have. All I can say is that these meatballs are pretty amazing. This was one of the first dishes to be eaten at the party. Some people didn't even notice the sauce next to them and still loved them. I personally find that the sauce makes these meatballs. It would also make a great marinade if you have some leftover (which I did). If you want, you could even chop in come hot peppers or Thai chilis for an added kick.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Spanish Rice

I was sitting at home one lazy Sunday evening really, really not in the mood to cook. So instead of cooking, I started looking at recipes online. I stumbled upon a recipe for Spanish rice, then I found a few more. None of them were exactly what I was looking for, so I combined a couple recipes and came up wit this one.

Many Spanish rice recipes don't use bell peppers, but I prefer adding one. I also found that many recipes were either way too unhealthy (1/4 cup of butter was used in one of them) and some sounded too bland. This recipe is actually really easy to make and is a perfect side dish for any Tex Mex of Mexican inspired meal. I served this with fajitas for a really, really filling meal.

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Kzizot (Israeli Chicken Patties)

When I was a kid, kzizot were our ultimate picnic food. I remember stuffing them into pitas and smothering them with hummus and israeli salad. Not much has changed since I still love kzizot and would gladly eat them like that any day. You can serve this with all kinds of middle eastern dips, or you if don't have access to those, they are great on their own as well. I made a greek yogurt dip with garlic and chives the last time I served these.

What makes these patties so great is the grated potato. It keeps the meat really moist, even on the second day if you have leftovers. The recipe is fairly simple and is really hard to mess up. As with all red bell peppers, you could use yellow or orange bell pepper instead.

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