Thursday, June 11, 2020

Firecracker Meatballs

I didn't think much about it while I was choosing, but the second meal this week is a lot like the first. Instead of Southwest chicken over rice, we've got firecracker meatballs. 

I can't remember the last time I had meatballs as the star of an entree. Usually, the're relegated to co-starring status with my spaghetti, and, even then, they're overshadowed by the garlic bread. But the very idea of Firecracker Meatballs with Roasted Green Beans & Sesame Rice sounded interesting, at least. In my mind, I pictured Jim Carey in his Mask persona exclaiming "That's a spicy meat-a-ball-a". The description sounded enticing enough on its own: This recipe is here to blow up everything you think you know about meatballs. All dramatics aside, these meatballs are truly game-changing thanks to a certain onomatopoeic sauce. What exactly is “firecracker,” you ask? Well, mystery asker, it’s a creamy, spicy, sweet, and savory (yes, all those things!) sauce so good, it’ll make your taste buds explode! Once the meatballs are baked, they’re tossed in the magical condiment, then plated atop sesame-seed-flecked rice along with crispy roasted green beans (AKA more things to dip in sauce). Don’t be surprised when you find yourself swiping up every last drop. 

This was another super easy recipe to prepare even though my hands got a bit slimy since I had to roll the meatballs by hand. I swear that my grandmother had some kind of utencil that pressed meatballs and I found myself wishing for that. While I was a huge fan of the end result, my daughter was not nearly as thrilled. I think she expected Italian meatballs and these are much more in-line with the Swedish style. She said she would have preferred a BBQ sauce rather than a firecracker sauce. 


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