Meatballs with Spinach…what!?

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It tastes much better then the picture does. ūüėČ

Homemade meatballs with Spinach yes they are good. No I mean they are really good and would go so far to say they are the best meatballs I have ever made and the best tasting meatballs I have ever tasted!

Ingredients
1 pound Ground Chuck 85/20
1 pound Ground Pork
6 oz thawed Chopped Spinach – squeeze out as much of the liquid as you can
1 large Egg
1/2 cup Bread Crumbs – I used bread crumbs that I ground from a stale homemade French bread
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 teaspoons dried Parsley
1 1/2 teaspoons dried Basel
1 1/2 teaspoons Garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper flakes

3/4 cup Bread Crumbs for coating meatballs

Mix it, meld it, roll it, cook it
1) Add all ingredients to bowl expect the 3/4 cup of bread crumbs
2) Mix well with your finger tips trying not to squish the mix but just blending well
3) Cover with plastic wrap, pressing wrap to mix so there is no air gap
4) Store in Frig for at least a few hours to meld the flavors. Mine was in the Frig for about 5 hours
5) Form meatballs to even sizes. I used a scale ensure each meatball weighed about the same
6) Coat each meatball with remaining 3/4 cups of bread crumbs. I put the bread crumbs in a bowl and rolled each ball around after I weighed the ball. Place meatballs on a large cooking sheet.
7) Preheat oven to 400 F
8) Cook for about 20 minutes turning over halfway through the cooking time.

I served these with homemade Pasta and sauce top with Parmesan cheese (see picture below).

This recipe was inspired by Alton Browns meatball recipe and recent podcast. He knows what he is doing, even though I changed the recipe. ¬†Sorry I just won’t eat Lamb.

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And this is was the leftovers!

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My Birthday Cake

it tastes better then the picture.

it tastes better then the picture.

Happy Birthday to me! This cake had a rough start and was almost never posted. Why? Because my wife and daughter did not like the cake at the first tasting. I liked it and my son liked it and also thought the more for me and my son. BUT, after being in the Frig over night both my wife and daughter now love it. My son and I continued to enjoy it cold and yes it did taste better cold so I knew I had to post this experience.

A little background on how I came up with recipe and even knew before I cooked it that this might get mixed reviews. I was on one of my regular walks enjoying the weather trying to think of a cake to make for my birthday. I wanted something different then I have made before and maybe even try something a bit risky. The risky part was putting strawberry syrup in a white cake which of course is going to make it heavy and not so white. Plus I wanted to use up the heavy whipping cream to make coco frosting, which could make it look bland or like sandpaper.

Well enough chatting, onto the recipe which started out as the recipe found on the back of the Swans Down Cake Flour box and morphed into what you see below.

I used two 9″ round pans which should have been 3. I cooked it longer to compensate.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Swans Down Cake Flour, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Butter, softened
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 4 large Eggs
  • 3/4 cup Skim Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Strawberry Syrup (see my recipe here using all strawberries)
  • Coco Frosting:
  • 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2 tablespoons of Cocoa Powder – I used Nestle
  • 1 tablespoon of Sugar substitute ¬†– if you want it sweeter add more to taste

The steps to a tasty result

  1. Sift flour with baking powder and salt
  2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy in your mixer
  3. Beat on medium speed, adding eggs one at a time, yes one at a time
  4. Add a bit flour mixture then milk and extract until all used up but cream until smooth after each addition
  5. Pour into 2 greased 9 inch round pans then swirl in homemade strawberry syrup (see picture below) using the end of a wooden spoon handle to do the swirl. Don’t swirl to much.
  6. Bake at 325 degrees for 25-30 min using the tooth pick method making sure it comes out clean
  7. Cool in pan for 10 minutes then remove cake from pan and cool completely on racks
  8. While the cake is cooling make the frosting. First things first put the mixing bowl and whisk attachment into the freezer for at least 15 minutes
  9. Remove bowl and whisk from freezer and  immediately pour the heavy whipping cream into the bowl and whisk away starting at a slow speed increasing to a high speed until stiff peaks form. Watch carefully testing often!
  10. Add coco and sugar substitute to the mix and blend well
  11. Spread layer of frosting  onto of a layer of cake then stack the cakes and frost the entire cake.
  12. At this point you can add more strawberries to the cake top to enhance the look but me I ran out of strawberries
  13. Now an important step according to two members of my family, refrigerate the cake before eating
  14. Eat but before you do sing happy birthday to me first
Don't swirl to much!

Don’t swirl to much!

Add some garnish if you want.

Add some garnish if you want.