Crispy Dutch meatballs, perfect for appetizer or afternoon snacks.
There are little things which can bring a smile. These past few weeks I’ve been working from home but last Thursday I went to the city to meet one of my client. As always, whenever I’m in the city, I stopped-by Frederick’s office to say hello and to distract him from work. We’ve been doing this ever since we both work in the city. That one-minute hello means a lot to us both. As I left his office happily, I noticed a little thing on the street. It was a set of office badges, 4 badges in one keyring to be exact. Two badges with pictures and names, while the other two were blank. They looked like keys to several offices. At first, I took no notice of them and keep walking, but then decided to come back and took the badges with me. I assumed they belong to someone who works in the neighborhood, so I tried to check his profile on LinkedIn. I found him, too bad so sad, I was unable to connect with him. Darn it! There must be a way to return these badges to him. So, right after my meeting, I sat down and I think hard, trying to remember all the tools I had used when I was still working with my previous company. Feeling like Sherlock Holmes, I was so eager to solve the case. I was so glad to find some free tools online, and finally I could get his email and mailing address, although I must say… sometimes technology does scare me. I sent him an email to let him know that I have his badges with me. As it turned out, he’s the EVP for one of the well-known bank and he’s a super nice guy. I was so glad that I decided to come back and take his badges. Sometimes, little things (with a sincere heart) truly makes a big difference in life. Don’t you agree?
On another subject, I’m sure we all agree that crispy and crunchy are favorites in the house. Bitterballen is quite similar to croquette, but it does not require potatoes. The name comes from a generic word for certain type of herb-flavoured alcoholic beverages, called a bitter in Dutch, and are popularly served as part of a bittergarnituur, a selection of savoury snacks to go with drinks, at pubs or at receptions in the Netherlands. I was having trouble when I made these because I could not stop munching them. These definitely are the small things that bring happiness for my tummy.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 medium-size onion, very finely chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
- 1 tsp grated nutmeg
- 2 tbs finely chopped fresh parsley
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp sugar
- 2 tbs butter
- 3 tbs flour
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 cube beef bouillon
- 2 cups Kraft Italian three cheese
- Vegetable oil for frying
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups breadcrumbs
- In a pan over medium heat, melt the butter and add onion and butter.
- Add the flour and milk, and stir until you reach thick, rough paste form.
- Add the peppercorns, nutmeg, sugar, beef bouillon, salt and pepper; and mix well.
- Add the ground beef and parsley to the mixture. Cook until they’re done, for about 3-4 minutes. Remove from the stove.
- Add the cheese to the mixture, mix well and set aside.
- Cover with plastic wrap and let it cool in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes.
- Beat the eggs in a bowl and set the breadcrumbs onto a plate.
- Heat the oil in a deep heavy-based frying pan over medium-high heat.
- Divide the beef mixture into small balls using a cookie scoop.
- Dip the balls into the egg, then coat in the breadcrumbs.
- Fry the balls for 3-4 minutes, or until golden-brown. Remove from the pan and set aside to drain on kitchen paper.
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