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Cheese Stuffed Meatballs – Bring it on

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Cafe Sevilla’s Albondigas (Meatballs)

Cafe Sevilla’s Albondigas (Meatballs)


2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups minced onion, from about 1 large onion
4 ounces roasted garlic, puréed (about 1/3 cup), see Note
About 1/2 cup (3/4 ounce) chopped fresh basil leaves
About 1/2 cup (3/4 ounce) chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon Spanish paprika
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
2 eggs
1 cup plain bread crumbs
1 pound ground pork
1 pound ground beef
1 cup grated Manchego or Parmesan cheese
Chopped parsley, for serving

In a sauté pan heated over medium heat, combine the olive oil and onions, cooking the onions until they soften and become translucent, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat and place the onions in a large mixing bowl.

To the bowl, add the roasted garlic, basil, cilantro, oregano, paprika, salt and pepper, stirring to combine. Set the mixture aside until the onion has cooled to room temperature.

To the cooled onion mixture, stir in the eggs and bread crumbs, then the ground pork, beef and cheese, mixing with your hands until uniform and fully combined.

Divide the mixture into 36 meatballs, each about one-fourth cup. The meatballs may be covered and refrigerated at this point up to 3 days before cooking.

To cook the meatballs, heat the oven to 375 degrees. Spread the meatballs out onto foil- or parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing them an inch or so apart for even cooking.

Cook the meatballs until firm and golden and a thermometer inserted reaches 165 degrees, 15 to 20 minutes. Rotate the baking sheets halfway through cooking for even heating and coloring. Serve garnished with parsley.

Serves 10-12

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Mince Meat Into Onions. – Delicious

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Ingredients
1 lb ground beef
2 yellow onions
1 pack bacon
1/4 c each chopped parsley, chopped mushrooms and diced onion
1 tbsp spice ketchup
1 tsp each soy and worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp each brown sugar and Traeger Prime rub
1/4 c Panko bread crumbs

1. Prepare the shell
First you need to cut the top and bottom off the onion before chopping it in half. Peel off the outer papery layers and put to one side some of the chunky halves.
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2. Make the Mince
Using your hands, mix the ground beef with chopped up onion, mushroom, parsley and spices & breadcrumbs together in a large bowl.

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3. Mould the meat into balls around the size of the onion shells. Then place the onion halves round the balls to form a bomb
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4. Wrap 2 or three slices of bacon round the onion balls. If necessary use a tooth pick or two to hold it all in place. Next place the balls on a baking tray and pop into the oven.

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5. Glaze
After an hour, cover them with BBQ sauce and let them caramelise.

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The final result is totally delicious.

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How To Make Scented Salted Dough Balls

I love walking into a room that has that beautiful Aroma. Studies have shown that certain smells can affect your moods, energy, evoke vivid memories and powerful emotions. I personally love the smell of Lemon Grass, to me, it makes the room feel clean and bright. I find that lemon grass also appeals to men, they seem to recognize the fragrance and comment on how much they like it. I often use lemon scented Eucalyptus, it is sort of antiseptic smell and one that is great if you are feeling a ‘bit under the weather’, maybe the beginnings of the flue. Also reminds me of the bush in Australia.
It is has been suggested that certain odors can create a healthier home and work environment.
An example, and I am sure we have all done this, when you enter a room with a “oh that smells beautiful” makes you feel good, or when someone forgot to empty the garbage bag with last nights prawn shells in it. The reaction to the garbage smell is, your face immediately becomes screwed up, mood changes to accusingly, “Who didn’t take out the garbage last night” and you become that unpleasant person.
I think everyone has their preference to an Aroma. The smell that you enjoy may not be the same for your partner or spouse so it is a good thing to find an aroma that suits you both. I know my husband is not very keen on the odour of Ylang Ylang, me, I love it.
You have hundreds of different essential aromatherapy oils.  My suggestion is not to use fragrant oils. They are usually made from artificial scents and to me are very overpowering, stay with the pure oils. Men usually don’t like those strong scented sort of smells but will handle the subtle smell of pure essential oils.

Some of the oils can be rather expensive, although lemon grass and lavender are normally reasonably priced. Only a drop or two is needed and a small bottle will last a long time.

Rather than use candles and an aroma burner, I found this recipe for Scented salt dough balls. The scented dough balls can last for a very long time and only take a drop or two of oil on them every now and then to keep that nice fragrance in you room. These can also make nice gifts.

You Need

2 cups plain flour
1 cup table salt
1 cup of water
1/4 tsp essential oil

Method

Mix the water into the flour and salt to make a modelling-type dough. Add a few drops of food colouring for your desired coloring before adding the oil.

Knead well until smooth, roll into small balls and leave to dry.

Dry the balls in a warm place over several days, or speed up the process by placing them in an oven at a very low temperature for a few hours

Tip: Adding 1 tbsp of lemon juice helps the dough to harden.

You are able to perfume a room with these balls and look nice, placed in an attractive ceramic bowl. They harden after a period but remain absorbent and can be regularly refreshed with a few drops of oil.
Unlike potpourri dough balls do not get dusty and dry over time. As the balls get impregnated with the oil, they develop a glossy appearance. Instead of balls you can also try other shapes such as shell shapes or fruit shapes. What ever takes your fancy

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