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How To Make Meatballs

A meatball is ground or minced meat rolled into a small ball and usually enjoyed alongside any delicious meal. You can choose to use turkey or chicken or beef. Also, meatballs are cooked by frying, baking or steaming.

So here is a basic meatball recipe that is very easy to prepare.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup fine breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely minced parsley
  • 1 pound ground meat (such as beef, pork, turkey, chicken, or veal, or a mix),
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion (or grated on) from 1 small yellow onion, and 1 clove garlic (finely minced).

Instructions

  1. Combine the milk and breadcrumbs: Pour the milk over the breadcrumbs in a small bowl and set aside while preparing the rest of the meatball mix. The breadcrumbs will absorb the milk.
  2. Whisk the egg, salt, pepper,and parsley: Whisk the egg in a large bowl until blended. Whisk in the salt and a generous quantity of black pepper, then whisk in the  parsley.
  3. Combine the egg and ground meat: Add the meat to the egg mixture. Use your hands to thoroughly mix the egg into the ground meat.
  4. Add the onions and soaked breadcrumbs: Add the onions, garlic, and soaked breadcrumbs to the meat. Mix them thoroughly into the meat with your fingers. Try not to overwork the meat; pinch the meat between your fingers rather than kneading it.
  5. Form the meat into meat balls: Pinch off a piece of the meat mixture and gently roll between your hands to form 1 1/2-inch meatballs. Continue shaping until all the meat is used.
  6. To roast the meatballs in the oven: Arrange the meatballs spaced  apart on a baking sheet. Cook under the broiler for 20 to 25 minutes or for 25 to 30 minutes. (Watch closely if cooking meatballs made with lean meat.) The meatballs are done when cooked through and the outsides are browned, and when they register 165°F in the middle on an instant read thermometer. Serve immediately.
  7. To cook the meatballs in sauce: Bring a marinara sauce or other pasta sauce to a simmer and add as many meatballs as will fit comfortably in the pan. Cover and simmer for 30 to 35 minutes. The meatballs are done when they’re cooked through and  serve immediately.

Credit: thekitchn

Suya (Babercue Meat)

It has been a year since I relocated to a new environment and I have been so busy to try the different bars and restaurants around.

So, one cool Friday night, I was really craving for something spicy and thought  it would be nice to try the services of one the bars.

Ken’s bar  along Lekki-Epe express way Lagos was the bar I  tried.  So I ordered for Suya meat as it has been a long while since I had this spicy snack. I especially missed that tasty pepper spice it comes with.

Suya is a popular skewered meat and spicy snack  that has it own unique flavour. This snack can be tempting to eat on and on because it is garnished with onion, Tomato and the tasty Suya spice.  It mostly originated from the Hausa people, one of the largest ethnic groups in West Africa.

So at Ken’s bar , their Suya is very well prepared and the environment is one  interesting place to see especially the VIP section where most couples take advantage of because its cosiness.

it is also a nice place to watch live football matches away from home as security is intact.  The service was smooth and quick, my Suya  order, arrived  within 20 minutes.

They also feature live band which makes it more interesting. So this bar gives you value for your money.

So if you’re new in Nigeria and want to enjoy a taste of homeland, Suya is one to meal to try.

 

 

 

Beef Meat Balls

Meat ball is a small ground meat rolled into balls made from chicken, turkey , beef,  et cetera. The meat is minced or chopped and mixed with eggs or bread crumbs, onions.

Recipe includes,

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 kg package ground turkey
  • 1 egg, beaten

1/3 cup bread crumbs

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a baking dish with the olive oil, and place it in the oven while preheating.  
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the ground turkey, egg, and bread crumbs using your hands. Using an ice cream scoop if possible, form the meat into golf ball sized meatballs.
  3. Place about 1 inch apart in the hot baking dish. Press down to flatten the bottom just slightly.
  4.  Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, then turn them over, and continue baking for about 5 more minutes, or until somewhat crispy on the outside. Serve with pasta and sauce or however you’d like.

 

Review: Dog Meat

If you were served this spicy delicacy plate of meat would you reject it or eat it with passion and ask for more?  Or  when after consumption, you were told that you just finished a plate of Dog meat, what would be your first reaction?

Try to throw up  thinking you have eaten an abominable thing

Or crave for more as it’s not only tasty but healthy to eat.

For some months now, i have been invited by friends who happen to find pleasure in eating Dog meat.  when i had my first taste of Dog meat, i mistook it for Goat meat as it had similar taste.  But after consumption, when i was told ,at first i was like OMG! but paused a bit and said really? this taste nice.

My hubby had never eaten it until his first invite with a group of friends. Although, due to too many supervision,it didn’t come out nice. But his second Dog meat invite with picture above is really what remembering.  So since then he never stop talking about having a Dog meat party. Please don’t hate me  cos you would really love this delicacy if you a lover of Goat meat.

Ever had Dog meat? Please share your experience.

Health Benefits Of Eating Chicken

Chicken is one of the most popular foods in the world that has many health benefits. It is a lean source of protein that contains essential nutrients and vitamins. When we talk about the health benefits of chicken, we are talking only about organic, free-range, hormone and antibiotic free chicken. Factory farmed chicken is full of antibiotics and added hormones that are not good for the human body.

Here are five health benefits of chicken.

Cancer Protection

Chicken is rich in niacin (vitamin B3), a vitamin that is essential for cancer protection. One small serving of chicken can meet your niacin requirements for the entire day. The selenium in chicken is also believed to  help protect you against cancer.

Weight Loss

Chicken is a great food to eat if you’re trying to lose weight because it lower in fat and calories that other meats such as beef and pork, while also being higher in protein.

Energy Booster

Chicken boosts your energy thanks to vitamins B6 and B3, both of which are important in the body’s If you are starting to feel a little tired or worn out, try eating some chicken to give your body a boost of nutrients, lean protein, and calories that will boost your energy levels.

PMS Symptoms

Chicken soothes PMS symptoms. Because it has magnesium that can help cope with pre menstrual stress. The magnesium levels in your blood reduces just before your next period. So having some blanched chicken would keep that PMS symptoms in check.

Spikes Testosterone Levels

Chicken has special health benefits for men. Chicken contains zinc that helps regulate the testosterone (male hormone)level. Zinc also helps to maintain a healthy appetite. Chicken can be called healthy or unhealthy depending on how it cooked. So cook chicken in a healthy way so you can enjoy the most vital health benefits.