Porcu-Pine Nut Balls
So, my mom suggested I make something thematic for Groundhog Day. Now as much as a love foods and holiday, especially of the strange mash-up variety, I was not sure how to do a vegetarian recipe celebrating a small furry animal (short of making something with Woodchuck Cider, which I very nearly did). Well, after a number of different ideas my mom mentioned that there is something call “porcupine balls.” Now, those are just meatballs with rice, but I thought what about making broccoli balls and coating them in pine nuts for spines? So that’s precisely what I did
1 head of broccoli, chopped
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1/3 onion, finely chopped
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup shredded strong cheddar
1/4 cup (or so) raw pine nuts
Steam the broccoli. While the broccoli is cooking, chop the onion and garlic and mix them with the beaten eggs, salt, pepper, and the cheese. Once the broccoli is cooked and has cooled a bit, chop it and throw in in the bowl. Mix thoroughly, and add the flour 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough is nice and cohesive. Spread the pine nuts on a flat surface. Make a ball of dough (it’ll be really soft and sticky but largely cohesive) and lightly roll it in the pine nuts so it gets coated. Then place the ball on a baking sheet. The recipe should make 12 balls. Once they are all done, bake for 25ish minutes at 350, or until they are firm, and lightly brown (the nuts should be toasted). Serve warm or room temperature.
These turned out really good. I had a few minor quibbles, namely I think that since they are baked which dries things out they should be served with some kind of sauce, maybe a yogurt or a mushroom sauce, and I used medium instead of sharp cheddar, which was on me. I feel like this would make a great snack or finger food at a party. Small, transportable, non-greasy, and they can in fact be eaten with fingers. Song of the Week: Seven Nation Army by White Stripes. This song has a great, borderline iconic opening, and is just awesome throughout. Also, it was playing at the coffee shop I was at while typing this blog up.