Can you believe it? February is here! While we scooch towards spring, I am clutching the last moments of winter by donning wool sweaters (which was normal for January until I moved to Savannah), general hibernation, and cooking warm, comforting, meals.
The most recent comforting concoction is Smoked Paprika Meatballs. One from my late-Saturday-night-snack productions. There is something I love about cooking after midnight. I haven’t quite figured why. Maybe it’s the sense of snug and secureness which comes with the dark. Anyway, I like tempus noctis and the yumminess it bears.
On a musical note (for who can cook without it), The Stray Birds have been brightening my days with their beautiful songs. Here is a good one for your cooking.
Smoked Paprika Meatballs with Pumpkin Sauce
For the meatballs:
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 tablespoons of minced parsley
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon of coconut milk (or cow milk if you prefer!)
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprka
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups of ground beef
For the sauce:
- 4 tablespoons pumpkin, canned or boxed, or home-cooked. Whatever you use. It just needs to be cooked! ;-)
- 1-2 tablespoons coconut milk (or cow milk if you prefer!)
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Gently saute the garlic in oil until soft, 1 – 2 minutes. Stir in parsley. Turn off the heat. In a mixing bowl, beat the egg with the milk, paprika, and salt. Pour garlic mixture into the egg mixture and combine. Add the beef and blend thoroughly.
In a small saucepan combine all of the sauce ingredients. Cook over low until warm. Beat until any lumps of pumpkin are gone. (Or just use a hand blender in the sauce pan.)
While the sauce is warming, heat the frying pan to medium high heat. Taking about 2 teaspoons of meat mixture at a time, form into balls and drop in to hot pan. Cook until brown and cooked inside about 6 minutes, rolling the balls around to cook evenly.
Drain on paper towel for 10 seconds or so. Dollop with sauce and eat. (If you happen to have a little goat cheese lying around, it won’t do anyone any harm to serve with the meatballs!)