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  • Food Blogger | Loyal Olive Oil

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  • Rice Krispie S'Mores | Loyal Olive Oil

    Rice Krispie S'mores Active Time: 25 minutes Start to Eat: 1 Hour 45 Minutes (Including Chill Time) Makes: 18 Treats INTRODUCTION S'MORE, THE MERRIER A campfire classic turned perfect barbeque treat! These were SUCH a hit at this year's 4th of July party and the perfect dessert to wow your friends (with very little effort!). ​ Just grab your classic s'mores ingredients plus some rice Krispie treats and some butter and voila! These are nutty, buttery, and delicious on their own but dipped in some chocolate and graham crackers makes them more decadent and rich. Feel free to mix up the chocolate too! I used semi-sweet (to please the most people) but you can do bittersweet, white chocolate, dark, milk, etc. whatever you prefer, or make a variety! ​ ​ ​ The graham cracker dust is made using a food processor which gives it that great fine texture and allows for more of it to stick to the chocolate. BUT a Ziploc bag and rolling pin is a great fallback option...just be wary of the arm workout! ​ ​ ​ INGREDIENTS 70 Grams of Butter (half salted, half unsalted) This equals roughly 2.5 tablespoons of each​ ​​ 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon salt 1, 16oz bag of mini marshmallows 6 cups of Rice Krispie Cereal 1, 12oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips (or 2 cups) 9 graham cracker cookies (this was 1/3 of the box of Honeymaid brand) INSTRUCTIONS First, let's brown that butter! In a medium saucepan, heat both kinds of butter over medium heat, stirring constantly until the butter begins to foam and you start to see little brown specks. Heat for another minute then add in the vanilla, salt, and entire bag of mini marshmallows. Stir until combined and all of the marshmallows have melted into a smooth ribbony texture. Take off of heat. In a large bowl, add in your Rice Krispie cereal, then pour the marshmallow mixture over the cereal. Using a wooden spoon or spatula, stir until combined. Spread mixture over a parchment-lined (or buttered) half-sheet pan, and using your fingers or spatula, GENTLY spread to the edges and try to make it as even as possible. Place in the fridge for an hour to cool and set. Once set, take them out of the fridge and dump them on a cutter board, cutting them evenly into squares or rectangles (approximately 3 inches by 3 inches). * Next, let's prepare the "s'mores" part of these treats! Grab your graham crackers and put them in a food processor and pulse until they have turned into a fine crumb or "dust" as I like to call it. Then place it in a shallow bowl. If you don't have a food processor, just grab a Ziploc bag and a rolling pin and start banging away! Grab your chocolate and empty it into a heat-safe bowl, microwave for 30 seconds at a time until smooth (see tip). Assembly time! Grab one treat at a time and dip half of it in the chocolate, let the excess drip off then place in the bowl with the graham cracker making sure to cover all of the chocolate in the dust. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet and let set until chocolate has hardened (approximately 20 minutes). Once set and the chocolate has hardened, you can serve it immediately or store it in the fridge for up to 3 days (just bring them to room temperature before serving to ensure you're getting that gooey chewy texture we all love!) ​ * At this point, you can keep them on the sheet pan or cut up the R ice Krispies and store them, covered, for up to 2 days in the fridge before you dip and serve. ​ Tip: When melting chocolate in the microwave, you never want to melt it until completely smooth. You always want to take it out when there are still visible chunks of chip left, then hand whisk it until completely smooth. This prevents you from overheating the chocolate. ​ BON APPETIT! BACK TO SWEETS

  • Buffalo Chicken Pizza | Loyal Olive Oil

    Buffalo Chicken Pizza Active Time: 25 Minutes Start to Eat: 35 Minutes Serves: 4 at 2 slices a person (because who just eats one slice?!) INTRODUCTION I mean who doesn’t like buffalo chicken pizza?! This is loaded with the favorites, buffalo sauce, onion, jalapeno, celery, salty and spicy chicken, and cheese! Store-bought pizza dough - I prefer the Trader Joe's pizza dough but I’ve also used the Whole Foods ones and that one is good too. Whole Foods is a bit breadier and Trader Joe's gives a bit more of a thin-crust texture which I love! ​ Buffalo is my guilty pleasure meal so I try to come up with quick and unique ways to mix it up! SLICE, SLICE, BABY INGREDIENTS Chicken:​ ​ 3 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoon cayenne ½ teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon garlic powder 2 tablespoons buffalo sauce ​ Crust: ​ 3 tablespoons butter ½ teaspoon oregano ½ teaspoon garlic powder ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper ​ Pizza: ​ ¾ cup of pasta or pizza sauce 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced ½ yellow onion, thinly sliced 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 1 ½ cups grated cheese ½ cup celery, sliced 3/4 cup buffalo sauce INSTRUCTIONS Make sure the pizza dough is out of the fridge - if it’s too cold it will break when you try to stretch it. I would recommend leaving it out at room temperature for around 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 475°F. Heat olive oil in a skillet, add the chicken to the hot pan. Add all of the seasonings except for the buffalo sauce, cook until chicken is almost entirely cooked through, add buffalo sauce, mix. Keep the pan on extra-low, keeping the chicken warm while you prepare the rest. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a circle (should end up being roughly 16 inches in diameter), transfer to a pizza tray or what you plan on cooking the pizza on, then curl the edges in to create a crust. Heat the 3 tbsp. butter in the microwave until melted. Add oregano, garlic powder, salt, and pepper and mix. Using a pastry brush spread this mixture all over the crust edges. Spread the pasta sauce and about 1/4 of the buffalo sauce over the dough, making sure to push to the edges. Sprinkle ½ cup of the cheese over the sauce. Add the jalapeno, onion, and garlic, making sure to evenly place them all over the pizza. Add the chicken, making sure not to include any of the excess liquid from the pan. Add the rest of the cheese. *This is where you can add the celery if you want it cooked, I like the crispy fresh celery taste so I add it on the cooked pizza or in the middle of cooking the pizza. Drizzle the buffalo sauce on the pizza. Put the pizza in the oven and cook for roughly 12-14 minutes until the edges are browned and the pizza is bubbling. Remove from the oven, and place pizza on a cutting board. Allow to cool for a few minutes then cut into 8 slices. ​ Note: Feel free to add blue cheese or ranch but not until you are ready to eat so that it doesn't get the pizza too heavy or soggy. (I recommend blue cheese crumble instead of sauce!) ​ **Step-by-step pictures below if you need the guidance! BON APPETIT! BACK TO SALTY STEP 1 Cook your chicken STEP 2 Prepare your veggies! STEP 6 Bake your pizza, add the celery, slice and enjoy! STEP 1 Cook your chicken 1/6

  • Chicken and Chorizo Gumbo | Loyal Olive Oil

    Chicken and Chorizo GUMBO Active Time: 45 Minutes Start to Eat: 1 Hour and 45 Minutes Serves: 6-8 INTRODUCTION My mom made the BEST gumbo growing up, it was always a favorite. So when I moved away, I asked her for the recipe and started making it myself. The more I made it, the more I tweaked it to make it my own. This gumbo has a dark rich roux flavor filled with juicy chicken and spicy chorizo. It's packed with so much protein and flavor, you will only need a small bowl for dinner! Side note, doing this for the first time, the roux is a bit intimidating, you want to get it as dark as possible without burning it - it's tough! MUMBO GUMBO My mom made the BEST gumbo growing up, it was always a favorite. So when I moved away, I asked her for the recipe and started making it myself. The more I made it, the more I tweaked it to make it my own. This gumbo has a dark rich roux flavor filled with juicy chicken and spicy chorizo. It's packed with so much protein and flavor, you will only need a small bowl for dinner! Side note, doing this for the first time, the roux is a bit intimidating, you want to get it as dark as possible without burning it - it's tough! It used to take me 40 minutes just to do the roux because I was too nervous to burn it or curdle it, also I lived in an apartment with a really bad ventilation system and didn't want to set off the fire alarms. But the more I did it, the better I got and now I can make the roux in under 10 minutes. So don't be shy in turning up that heat, and although I hate to waste anything, it is just flour and oil so don't feel bad if you have to ditch it and start over. You got this! INGREDIENTS Gumbo: ​ 1 large yellow onion, chopped 1 large red bell pepper, chopped ¾ cup or 2 stalks celery, chopped 2 large jalapenos, finely chopped (add more for extra spice!) 4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped ½ cup all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon garlic powder ½ teaspoon cayenne powder 1 ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper 1-quart chicken stock/broth ½ cup vegetable oil 1 link andouille sausage, sliced 1 link chorizo, sliced 2 cups jasmine rice (or rice of your choice) ​ Chicken: ​ 2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken thighs 1 teaspoon garlic powder ½ teaspoon cayenne powder ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper 2 tablespoons olive oil INSTRUCTIONS In a medium-sized bowl, combine onion, red pepper, celery, jalapenos, and garlic, set aside. In a small bowl, add flour, garlic powder, cayenne, salt, and pepper, set aside. Add broth/stock to a saucepan and heat on low - proceed to the following steps. Cut chicken thighs into 1-inch cubes, season with garlic powder, cayenne powder, salt, and pepper. Heat a large pot with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, add chicken, cook chicken until meat is cooked through - but do not overcook! Take out chicken and set aside, and drain the liquid from the pan. Add ½ cup of vegetable oil to the skillet, heat on high scraping the pan to loosen any chicken particles. Gradually add in ½ cup of seasoned flour. Cook, whisking constantly until the roux is a dark red-brown. * see note below Once the roux gets to the desired color, turn off the heat and add the vegetable mixture, whisking constantly. Turn the heat back on to low and cook vegetables until soft (about 3 more minutes) stirring constantly and scraping the pan. Add the heated broth/stock 1 cup at a time to the roux mixture, incorporating each scoop entirely before adding the next. Once all stock has been added, return to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer. Add sausage and chorizo. Simmer uncovered for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, cook the jasmine rice so it’s ready when the gumbo is! Cook rice according to the package directions. Finally, add in the chicken and season with salt and pepper, adjust seasonings as desired. Cook for 10 more minutes. The amount is up to you but I usually keep to a 4:1 ratio of gumbo to rice. BON APPETIT! *if it looks like it’s separating (getting chunky), turn down the heat until it pulls back together and gradually turn up the heat again. The roux gets easier the more you do it but the first time might take you up to 45 minutes to get the right color so be ready to switch hands for a break! Ideally, the roux should take 15-20 or fewer minutes to make! BON APPETIT! BACK TO SALTY

  • Homemade Tagalong Cookies | Loyal Olive Oil

    HOMEMADE TAGALONG COOKIES Active Time: 1 Hour Start to Eat: 2.5 Hours (Including Chill Time) Makes: 40 cookies (give or take) INTRODUCTION If you've never had this craveable girl scout cookie, it's a crispy, delicious cookie layered with creamy peanut butter and covered in chocolate. The process may seem a bit daunting but it's so worth it, plus your friends will be outrageously impressed with your baking skills. COME TAGALONG WITH ME INGREDIENTS Cookies: ​ 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder ½ tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil 5 tablespoons cold water Peanut Butter Filling: ​ 1 cup creamy peanut butter ½ teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons softened butter ¼ cup powdered sugar Chocolate Coating: ​ 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips INSTRUCTIONS Preheat the oven to 400°F. Prepare 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats. Using a food processor, combine flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt; pulse until combined. Cut the cold butter into ½ inch cubes, add that to the processor; pulse until the mixture resembles sand. Add oil, pulse again. Finally, gradually add 1 tablespoon at a time of the cold water until the dough pulls together completely but isn’t too wet. Roll out the dough on a well-floured surface until about ¼ inch thick (pretty thin!). Cut out using a circle cookie cutter ( I used a 2-inch cookie cutter). Poke a few times with a toothpick or fork, this helps cook the cookies evenly without them puffing up too much! Place cookies on the baking sheets and bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown on the edges. Set aside to cool (must be completely cool before assembling). While the cookies bake or while they cool, let’s make the peanut butter filling! Using a whisk or electric mixer, combine all peanut butter filling ingredients together until completely combined. Now it’s time to assemble - be warned, this can get messy! First, you’re going to take a knife or offset spatula and put about ½ tablespoon of peanut butter onto each cracker. **This is optional but after this step, I put the peanut butter topped crackers in the fridge for roughly 30 minutes to make it less messy and a little easier to coat with the chocolate. Next, in a microwave-safe bowl, combine all of the chocolate coating ingredients and melt in the microwave 30 seconds at a time until melted and smooth. Do NOT heat too hot. Using a large fork (or something similar) dip the peanut butter crackers into the chocolate, coating them completely, and then make sure to knock any excess chocolate off the cookie before placing them on parchment paper (I just put them right back on the baking sheets!) Optional - sprinkle the tops with flake or coarse salt. Let chill in the fridge for an hour until set. You are welcome to devour them all now OR put them in a container and keep them in the fridge for up to 1 week! BON APPETIT! BACK TO SWEETS

  • Cannoli Muffins | Loyal Olive Oil

    Cannoli Muffins Active Time: 15 minutes Start to Eat: 1 Hour Makes: 6 Jumbo Muffins (or 12 regular) INTRODUCTION Cannoli meet Muffin, Muffin meet Cannoli. Last weekend I wanted to bake something for breakfast but I was really craving a cannoli so I thought to combine them and oh boy am I happy I did. ​ The ricotta gives the muffin a wonderfully fluffy and moist texture. The demerara sugar gives it that sweet crunch on the top and then the ricotta glaze and mini chocolate chips give it that classic cannoli look and flavor. ​ The only bad part? You have to wait for them to cool before eating them all. Holy cannoli INGREDIENTS MUFFIN:​ 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (220g) 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1/2 tsp salt 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 scant cup of granulated sugar (190g) 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 large egg, room temperature 1 large egg white, room temperature 1/2 cup whole ricotta (135g), room temperature 2 tablespoons milk, room temperature 1 cup mini chocolate chips 1/4 cup demerara sugar (or coarse sugar) for topping ​ RICOTTA GLAZE: 1/3 cup whole ricotta (95g) 2 tablespoons salted butter (28g) 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted Dash of vanilla extract pinch of salt 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips ​ INSTRUCTIONS In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cornstarch and salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl with whisk, combine melted butter and oil. Stir in sugar (it will look like wet sand). Next, add the vanilla, egg, and egg white and mix until well combined and smooth. Add in ricotta and whole milk and whisk until well combined. Fold in dry ingredients until almost combined. Add chocolate chips and continue folding until just combined. Next, cover the bowl with a clean, dry kitchen towel and let the batter sit for 15-20 minutes. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Fill a 6-muffin tin with batter all the way to the top, sprinkle each muffin with the demerara sugar. Bake for 8 minutes then reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and continue baking for another 15-17 minutes. Do not open oven door when lowering temp. The muffins will be slightly golden on the tops when they are done. While they bake, you can make the ricotta glaze! In a small bowl, whisk all ingredients until well combined, except for the chocolate chips. Although it will be hard, wait until the muffins have completely cooled in order for the glaze to settle on them correctly and for the muffins to have the ideal texture. The when you are ready to eat, dollop on the glaze, sprinkle with mini chocolate chips and enjoy! ​ *If using a regular 12-muffin tin, your muffins will only need about 8-9 minutes on the 350 heat. BON APPETIT! BACK TO SWEETS

  • Pink Pickled Eggs | Loyal Olive Oil

    PINK PICKLED EGGS AND BEETS Active Time: 25 Minutes Start to Eat: 24 Hours Makes: 8 Eggs and 3 Beets INTRODUCTION I LOVE making these honestly all year long but they are perfect for holidays. The pink color stands out so much, it’s a crowd pleaser and looks awesome in photos. Plus who doesn’t like eggs? Let alone sweet, tangy, salty, eggs. ​ These are perfect for devlied eggs too! They look beautiful filled and swirled. Make them for Mother's day, Valentines day, Christmas, or just a cozy Sunday! WELL, PICKLE ME PINK INGREDIENTS 8 large eggs 1/2 yellow or vidalia onion, sliced 3 large red beets ¼ cup of sugar ½ cup cider vinegar ½ cup red wine vinegar 8 whole peppercorns ¼ teaspoon allspice (or 4 whole allspice berries) INSTRUCTIONS Let’s hard boil some eggs! Fill a medium saucepan with water (the water should be about an inch above the eggs once you put them in. Bring the water to a boil, then place the eggs into the boiling water. Boil the eggs for 8 minutes. Drain the water, fill the pot (with the eggs still in it) with cold water and set aside. I usually add ice to the water to ensure they stop cooking - it also helps the “easy-peel” part of the eggs! First, let’s roast the beets because these take the longest. Preheat your oven to 400°F. I usually wear gloves when preparing or cutting beets because they stain your hands. So...cut off the greens of the beets and cut off the long tip of the beet as well. Scrub the beets in cold water until all of the dirt is gone (this is very important because you are going to use the juice from the beets and you don’t want to find any dirt in the juice). Place the beets in a small baking pan and add water to about ⅓ of the height of the beets. Cover with foil. Bake for approximately 45 minutes or until fork tender. In a medium saucepan, combine the beet liquid, sugar, vinegars, peppercorns and allspice. Bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves; remove from heat. Let it cool slightly. Meanwhile, peel the eggs and place them in a large container (this is where everything will “pickle” in the fridge overnight). Place the sliced onion into the container. Next, cut the beets into 1 inch chunks (or however big you want them) and place them in the container with the eggs and onions. Next, pour the liquid over the eggs, beets and onions. The liquid should cover everything. If it doesn’t, it’s okay to add some water. Cover the container, and place in the fridge! I like to stir it up every 8 hours or so to make sure everything is getting evenly pickled. Beware of splashing because again, this will stain. You can prepare these 48 in advance and they last for 7 days in an airtight container in the fridge. Well ready to eat, serve them whole or cut them in half lengthwise to really make the pink and yellow contrasting yoke shine! BON APPETIT! BACK TO SALTY

  • Brown Butter, Honeycomb, Chocolate Chip Cookies | Loyal Olive Oil

    brown Butter, honeycomb, chocolate chip COOKIES Active Time: 30 minutes Start to Eat: 3.5 Hours (Including Chill Time) Makes: 12 Cookies INTRODUCTION Ooey-Gooey Chocolate? Check! Crunchy, Sweet, sticky Honeycomb? Check! Nutty, earthy, buttery brown butter? Check! ​ This cookie recipe might be my favorite to date. It's seriously amazing. It has the perfect texture with the perfect flavor combos! Plus, it's really easy to make, even the homemade honeycomb is easy! Or you can buy it or sub it for some toffee! ​ ​ HONEY, I'M COMB INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 1/4 cup salted butter, room temperature 1 cup light brown sugar, packed 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1 egg, room temperature 1 egg yolk, room temperature 1 tablespoon vanilla 1 teaspoon salt 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup bread flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips, roughly chopped 1/3 cup honeycomb, roughly chopped ( I used One Tin Bakes Easy recipe - it's also on @theboywhobakes Instagram) INSTRUCTIONS First, let's brown that butter! In a saucepan, heat both kinds of butter over medium heat, stirring consistenly until the butter begins to foam and you start to see little brown specks. Heat for another minute then take butter off the heat and allow to cool to room temperature. In your stand mixer with paddle attachment or in a large mixing bowl with hand mixer, combine the cooled brown butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until combined. Next, add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and mix well. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt together. Then add the flour mixture to the butter mixer and fold it in gently until almost combined. Then, fold in the chocolate and honeycomb pieces. Next, scoop your cookies into 12 even balls. I usually top them with some extra honeycomb if you have some leftover! Place them on a 1/4 baking sheet and cover them tightly with plastic. Chill in the fridge for at least 3 hours. I usually chill them overnight. When you are ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350° and line your cookie sheet(s) with parchment paper. Place your chilled cookie dough balls onto the baking sheet (I usually do 6 at a time, leaving plenty of room between them). Bake for 12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown, but the center is still gooey. Leave on the baking tray to cool for about 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. You want these to cool almost completely before eating*. ​ * You want these to cool almost completely before eating so that the honeycomb gets nice and hard and crispy again. If you don't wait long enough, the honeycomb will just be too melty and you'll miss out on that amazing texture. ​ Another tip is to use a large round cookie cutter right when they get out of the oven to re-shape them into circles, this also helps keep them nice and puffy, instead of flattening out at all. BON APPETIT! BACK TO SWEETS

  • Espresso Blondies | Loyal Olive Oil

    ESPRESSO BROWN BUTTER BLONDIES Active Time: 15 minutes Start to Eat: 1 hour Makes: 16 blondies INTRODUCTION Ever had the brown sugar shaken espresso at Starbucks? Think of that in dessert form! ​ This is a soft, chewy, decadent blondie with big bold espresso flavor balanced with the nuttiness of the brown butter and the sweetness from the granulated and brown sugars. ​ You might not need that second cup of coffee! These are packed with espresso powder and real espresso to give you that extra boost of energy. ​ Adapted and Modified from Curly Girl Kitchen Espresso yourself INGREDIENTS 1 cup (2 sticks / 227g)) of unsalted butter 1 1/3 (290g) cups granulated sugar 1 tablespoon vanilla 2 large eggs, room temperature 2 tablespoons espresso powder 2 1/2 cups (300g) of flour (spooned and leveled) 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt ​ 2 tablespoons espresso, hot and fresh and extra strong! 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (82g) packed brown sugar 1/4 cup (30g) all-purpose flour INSTRUCTIONS Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Now, let's brown that butter! In a small saucepan, heat the butter over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the butter begins to foam and you start to see little brown specks. Cook for another minute then take butter off the heat and allow to cool for 1-2 minutes. In a large mixing bowl with whisk, combine the slightly cooled brown butter and granulated sugar (it will look like wet sand). Next, add the vanilla and eggs and mix until well combined and smooth. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and espresso powder together. Then add that flour mixture to the butter mixture and using a spatula fold it in gently until combined. Prepare your 8x8 brownie pan with parchment paper hanging over the edge for easy removal. Then pour your batter into the pan. Next, mix your hot espresso, brown sugar, and flour together until combined and smooth. Pour this over your blondie batter and using a knife or chopstick (that's what I use) gently swirl it into the blondie batter then level the top. Bake for 23-26 minutes or until the edges are set but the blondies themselves may seem underdone and undercooked. This is fine! Do not overbake these or they will end up dry and cakey instead of that heavenly chewy, gooey blondie that you want! Set the pan on a cooling rack, and cool completely in the pan before removing and cutting into squares. BON APPETIT! BACK TO SWEETS

  • Asian Pork Meatballs | Loyal Olive Oil

    Asian Pork Meatballs Active Time: 20 Minutes Start to Eat: 30 Minutes Makes: 35 Meatballs INTRODUCTION These pork meatballs are so versatile. You can eat them as an appetizer with some dip, in coconut curry for a delicious soup-y meal, over a bed of rice with sauteed veggies, and so many more options. These are moist, salty, savory and flavored with bold asian flavors. This makes a lot! Should you cut this recipe in half? That's up to you, but they freeze well and you will be happy you made the full amount when you want a quick meal. ALSO, you can use this same recipe (minus the breadcrumbs and eggs) for pork wontons! Grab life by the meatballs INGREDIENTS 4 lbs ground pork or shoulder/butt roast 1 large leek, chopped ¼ cup soy sauce 2 tablespoons sesame oil 1 tablespoon chili oil 1 heaping tablespoon fresh grated ginger 6 large garlic cloves, minced 1 teaspoon fish sauce 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 2 tablespoons black vinegar 2 tablespoons olive oil ½ tablespoon red pepper flakes 2 tablespoons sesame seeds. (optional: plus more for topping) 1 tablespoon salt 1 tablespoon pepper ¾ cup breadcrumbs 2 eggs INSTRUCTIONS Preheat the oven to 400°F. You can either use ground pork or grind your own. I would 100% recommend grinding your own, it makes the meatballs that much softer, but not problem if you can't! Mix all ingredients minus the eggs and breadcrumbs together in a bowl until combined. Add breadcrumbs and eggs, mix thoroughly. Scoop out golf ball-sized balls and place them on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with sesame seeds (optional). Bake for 15 minutes or until they are browned on the tops and around the bottom. Let cool slightly on the baking sheet, BON APPETIT! BON APPETIT! BACK TO SALTY

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