Friday, December 07, 2007

Sweet and sour meatballs with corn latkes


I was looking for a theme for my recipe week and picked Jewish since this week was the beginning of Hanukkah.
The meatballs were absolutely fabulous and this recipe is going in the family book. I couldn't find the matzo meal at Walmart so I subbed oatmeal and it worked great.
The latkes were good but I don't think I'd make them again. They just tasted like corn=)

Jewish sweet and sour meatballs
1 lb ground beef
garlic powder
onion powder
1 egg
1/4 cup matzo meal
12 ounces chili sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice

Mix together beef, garlic powder, onion powder, egg, and matzo meal.
Form into small balls and set aside.
Pour chili sauce into medium saucepan.
Refill bottle with water, shake well, and add to pot.
Add the brown sugar and lemon juice, and mix.
Bring sauce to a boil.
Taste and adjust amounts of lemon juice and brown sugar to taste.
Drop in meatballs.
Return to boil, cover, and simmer for at least 20 minutes (but you can leave it on for much longer if you forget).
VARIATION #1:For chili sauce, you can substitute either tomato sauce or tomato juice or diced canned tomatoes, and adjust the sweeteners and water accordingly. You just want it to be a saucy consistency, not too thick or thin. If you use plain tomato juice or sauce, you can add in some garlic powder or other seasoning. The sky is the limit. But, do NOT use spaghetti sauce!
VARIATION #2:For matzo meal you can substitute bread crumbs, oatmeal, a little flour, or any other binding agent.
VARIATION #3:For brown sugar you can substitute real maple syrup, sugar, honey, grape jelly, or any other real sweetener. (Do not use nutrisweet or any other artificial sweetener!).


Corn latkes
3 cups frozen corn kernels
salt
1 teaspoon sugar or Splenda sugar substitute
3 large egg whites
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons canola oil
Place two non-stick baking sheets in the oven and preheat to 450°F.
Cook the corn in a medium saucepan with a cup of boiling water ‘until tender, about 2 mintes. Drain the corn in a colander and let cool. Press the corn lightly to squeeze out excess water. No wringing.
Puree 1 cup of the corn kernels in a food processor. Add salt to taste, sugar and egg whites and process until just mixed. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in the flour, then the remaining corn kernels.
Brush 2 teaspoons of oil on the now hot baking sheets. Spoon small mounds of the latke mixture on the sheets forming 2 to 2 ½ inch pancakes. The sheet should sizzle a bit when the batter hits it. Leave one inch between each latke.
Bake the latkes in the oven until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes per side,turning once with a spatula. (When you turn the latkes, try to flip them onto spots on the baking sheet that still have oil.).
Serving suggestions: If you are in a sweet mood serve latkes with sour cream and strawberiy or raspberry preserves. Savroy more your style, then try sour cream alone or with some chopped scallions

1 comment:

Mandi (a.k.a MissMandiGirl) said...

Those look yummy!!! Both of them~