Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Day 15 - Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs

My first time making homemade chicken teriyaki meatballs and I didn't even wear gloves!  Be impressed, people.  Be impressed.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy.  I'm starting to notice that the more I cook, the more ingredients I have on hand, the less I have to buy.  This week only required shopping for two items - snow peas and chicken ground.  The recipe called for two scallions and, well, you can't just buy two scallions.  I had no idea what I would have done with leftovers so I 86'd the scallions.

Side note - while looking up how to correctly write out "86'd" I found this small tidbit of information: 
To get rid of, originally for killing someone. The phrase "80 miles out and 6 feet under" was reserved for someone who had to dig their own grave 80 miles from civilization and then get shot execution-style. All terms for 86'd originated from this, be it alcohol or eliminating. 
Weird.  Anyway...

While shopping for the 1/2 lb of snow peas that I needed, I came thisclose to doing an iPhone search.  The last time I bought snow peas, I remembered it coming in 1 lb packages.  When I turned the package over to see 8 oz, I did a double take.  I almost pulled up Google to search conversion tables - and then I thought to myself don't be an idiot, you know this.  No iPhone searches and no calls home.  Go me!

The recipe said that this meal would take 40 minutes total.  Yeah, maybe if your awesome.  Start to finish was at least an hour and a half.  Honestly, it felt like it took me 40 minutes just to shell the edemame.

Making the meatballs was the worst part.  I do not like to touch raw meat.  I just don't.  Mixing the ginger into the chicken ground made me want to gag, but having such a nice end result made it all worth it (I guess).  The recipe said that 1 1/4 lb of chicken ground would yield 16 meatballs.  I only had one pound and ended up with 24 meatballs.  I guess they should have been a lot bigger, but I like those little guys.

Holy hot mess Batman.  Do you see all that oil/grease outside of the pan?  Yeah, that was everywhere.  I guess I could have turned down the heat, but I cannot deviate from the recipe (not even a little bit).  There was/is oil everywhere.  It was all over the stove, the iPad, the phone, the plates, my clothes.  I changed my shirt and washed my face before eating because I could feel the oil everywhere.  I'm being a little over dramatic, yes.  But it was actually on everything within a 5 foot radius of the pan.  Once again, the end result was worth the hassle.  Plus, I've got to learn sometime, might as well make a big mess when it won't bother anyone but me.

Finally, it was time to eat.  I took a nap after work, so it was 7:30 by the time I was ready to eat.  I was starving!

It's very good with one slight problem - it is uber salty.  The recipe called for low-sodium soy sauce, but I just used what I had one hand.  Boy was that a mistake.  Other than the saltiness, it's very good.  I'm definitely going to try making this again sometime; I'm sure it will be better the second time around.

1 shopping trip
0 phone calls
0 iPhone searches
1 dinner
4 lunches

1 comment:

  1. Those look good.
    I love your new look! So springish...