Meatballs. Swedish meatballs. New Nordic Cuisine. Landscape design. Bed head. Tousled. Meatballs. Vegetarian. Quinoa. Fundamental naturalism. Foraging. Windy. Wavy. Ruffled. Native. Tasty. Satisfying. Elemental. Pickled. Fresh. Healthful. Tumbled. Unordered. Artfully disheveled. Meatballs…
Natasha, the 5 Star Foodie & Lazaro of Lazaro Cooks! host the 5 Star Makeover Cooking Group, an outstanding monthly event for sharing ideas and creating gourmet makeovers of selected classic dishes or flavor combinations. It continues to be a great source of inspiration and my absolute pleasure to be a part of their fabulous Cooking Group.
Our Five Star Cooking Group challenge for January: MEATBALLS.
“We are excited to resume our monthly cooking event, and the theme for January is Meatballs. We thought it would be a fun challenge to try to transform this classic comfort dish into a 5 star gourmet creation.”
Elements of the Landscape/
A Grazing Platter for 2
Quinoa Meatballs, Pickled Cranberries
The meatballs can be vegetarian or made with quinoa plus lean ground beef.
- 1 c. cooked quinoa
- 1/2 lb. lean ground beef (optional)
- 1/4 c. minced red onion
- 1/3 c. fresh bread crumbs, moistened with non-fat milk
- 2 egg whites, beaten
- 1/4 c. fresh chopped parsley
- 1/4 c. finely chopped walnut
- a pinch of nutmeg and allspice
- salt and pepper to taste
- olive oil to sauté
Blend all the ingredients together by hand, taking care not to overwork. Form balls of different sizes to make a more interesting landscape. Sauté in olive oil until browned and cooked through.
- 1 1/2 c. red wine vinegar
- 1/4 c. sugar
- 1 T. Kosher salt
- fresh ground pepper
- 8 oz. frozen cranberries
Boil vinegar with 1/4 c. water, sugar, and salt, stir until sugar and salt are dissolved. Let cool slightly, pour into a glass jar. Add cranberries and fresh ground pepper. When mixture comes to room temperature, cover and refrigerate overnight or longer.
♡ My heart-healthy version of the Landscape which is high in fiber and has zero choleserol includes non-fat feta and vegetarian meatballs.
Make sure to visit 5 Star Foodie and Lazaro Cooks!
for the Round-Up on Friday 1/27/12
where a group of super-creative cooks make
a bold gastronomic statement with the humble meatball.