Balls. Potency. The symbol of manhood. The patriarch’s second favorite shape, the other one being an eggplant emojii.
Was it a man who first thought to take a chunk of meat and form it into a ball for consumption? Was it a woman? A woman who wanted to show how she could take a man’s power from him. His pride and joy? Maybe it was just a psychopath who wanted to eat balls for real and was suppressing his or her desires by pretending with animal meat.
We will never know who decided to form meat into balls just like we will never know who invented the wheel. Another spherical shape of power.
Hahaha…..Rachel likes balls!!! – My friend’s kid Lana
I’m talking about meatballs Lana! You’re only six! What’s wrong with you?!
Serious talk everyone. This next recipe comes from Portlandia and is meatballs with cheese stuffed inside. Lana really did say that once, while I was at an Italian restaurant with her mom. She overheard me telling her mother about how some “men” I used to work with would tease me whenever I ordered meatballs for my lunch. They would say “Oh you want balls today? Do you like balls Rachel? Would you say that you love them”
It was dumb. Lana thought we were talking about actual meatballs and she was eating meatballs when she said that. It took everything in me to not say, “So do you kid. You got your mouth all up in them right now.”
I don’t remember what I ended up saying. I just remember my friend giving me this wide-eyed surprised look of slight embarrassment and then laughing.
If you love balls, especially meatballs, this is what you’ll need.
- 2 slices of white bread, shredded
- 2 tablespoons of half and half or milk
- 1 large egg
- 2 scallions, minced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 large jalapeno, seeded and minced
- 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
- 3/4 pound of ground sirloin
- 3/4 pound of ground chuck
- Vegetable oil
- 2 ounces of pepper jack cheese, cut into 24 1/2 inch cubes
- 1/4 cup pus 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
My favorite first step!! Pre-heat the oven!! Pre-heat it to 425 degrees and position rack on the upper shelf!
The next step is to combine the bread, half and half, and egg in a large bowl. Mix this into a paste texture then add the scallions, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro, and salt. Stir until well mixed.
Next add the meat and massage with your hands until it has melded with the rest of the ingredients. Once the meat has become one with everything, form that meat into balls. 24 to be exact.
When your balls are ready, prepare them for cooking by coating a pan with vegetable oil. Moisten your hands with a touch of oil and then gently tuck a cube of cheese inside each ball.
Now put your balls into the oven and cook until they are nice and firm. This should take around 12 minutes.
Once the 12 minutes are up, remove the balls from the oven and set the oven to broil.
Get another large bowl out and place a 1/4 of a cup of the grated cheese inside. Then put the balls in there and lightly toss them. Return the balls to the baking sheet, sprinkle the remaining grated cheese and then broil for 2-3 minutes. Be careful though, you don’t want to emasculate them. Balls need gentle handling and cooking.
Once the 2-3 minutes are up, after some cooling they will be ready for consumption.
You can serve them as an appetizer, with toothpicks on their own or dip them in tomato sauce. The best part about these balls is the cheese I have to say. They are your standard balls otherwise, but the cheese puts them ahead.
I can safely say that I do like these balls. I hope you do too. Just don’t tell Lana, she’s kind of a gossip.