Butternut Bacon Hash

I love this hash. It is the most excellent thing to make in the morning because it tastes like sunshine makes me feel like Chanticleer on the farm. I literally take a bite, slap my knees and belt out Rock A DOOOOOO. The flavors of this dish are so strong and bright, they require very little seasoning.  I only add a pinch of salt, maybe, if I’m feeling extra salty.

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Mom’s SUPER SECRET Spinach Balls (Now with Kale!)

In honor of mother’s day, I’m going to give out my ma’s secret spinach ball recipe.

…just kidding, mom, your secret ingredient is safe with me.

Spinach balls are my mother’s go-to party snack for big family get togethers, and they are quite popular.  She kept the recipe a secret for years, but recently her brothers and sisters harassed her into sending the following email to our family.

The recipe is pretty easy to replicate, except for the crucial brand-name ingredient blurred out.

I can’t make her exact recipe, but I took all the good parts and made it paleo. Substituting bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese with riced cauliflower and sweet potato.

Get your white sauce on!
It’s important to make sure your onions are finely minced, or you’ll end up with unsightly but delicious chunks in your balls.

Mom’s (Not So) Secret Spinach Balls

  • 2 10 oz frozen chopped spinach and kale, cooked and drained well (de-thawed, microwaved 6 minutes and squeezed)
  • 3/4 C butter or ghee
  • 1 large onion, minced
  • 1 cup grated sweet potato (bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees for easier grating)
  • 1 cup grated cauliflower
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • pinch of paprika
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and refrigerate until it ‘sets up’, meaning it’s cold enough to form into balls.
  2. On a greased sheet, make 1” balls with your hands or a fancy kitchen scooping device of choice
  3. Bake 350 degrees for 20 minutes

This recipe makes a couple dozen balls, so be ready to throw some in the freezer – they freeze very well!

I topped mine with home-made mayo, found here. There is also a recipe for baconayse, which sounds interesting and sends my body into a simultaneous state of desire and repulsion.

Scotch Egg Protein Packs

Call them what you will: Scotch Egg, Savoury Eggs, Picnic Eggs, Party Eggs, Snack Eggs, even Narcissus Eggs – these little bundles of joy are the Pokemon of food. I like them because besides being delicious, they are super filling, reheat well, and give me a boost of energy I need in the morning to get things going. From the sounds of the wikipedia article, they are the overcooked hotdogs  of UK convenience stores.

Traditionally, a scotch eggs are eggs covered in sausage meat, then battered and deep fried. Which, don’t get me wrong, sounds AMAZING.  However, the healthy version is still pretty drool worthy.  The key to flavor is to season the shit out of the meat. The other key to a successful Egg is keeping everything together by keeping everything nice and chilled until its ready to fry.

Also known as a meatball surprise!

Scotch Eggs (makes 4)

  • 5 eggs
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • wax paper
  • 3 TBS Italian seasoning mix (or equal parts majoram, thyme, rosemary, savory, sage, oregano, and basil)
  • Salt to taste
  • Coconut oil, bacon grease or oil with a high smoke point

Okay, now stay with me, making eggs isn’t as complicated as making multiple jumps with Battlestar Galactica, but it requires temperature control and patience. Both of which are hard for me, so I’m sure anyone reading this will be fine.

  1. Boil 4 eggs for ten minutes
  2. While eggs are boiling, season the meat and knead in additional egg until the ground beef has a tuna salad texture to it. Seperate into 4 equal sized mounds and chill them out in the freezer
  3. Take out the eggs and run them under cool water, put them in the freezer
  4. Wait about 10 minutes before pulling  the meat.  On the wax paper, mash the chilly balls flat – enough to cover an egg, but noth enough that it tears apart.
  5. Place eggs on top of meat mashes and cover.  Thin back to making clay balls in art class.  In your hands, roll the meat around until the entire surface is evenly covered, pat lightly to keep meat in place.
  6. Return meat the the freezer while you prepare to fry.
  7. Heat a large saucepan or pot and fill with half an inch of lard or oil.  Heat until very hot. Slowly lower your first ball in. It should sizzle the second it hits the grease. let cook 2 minutes on each side.  Be careful when turning as the ground beef sometimes sticks to the pan on my first ball. Balls are done when browned and bits of fat cling to them.
  8. Cut in half or stuff the whole thing in your mouth if you’re talented, add dipping sauce or mayo. Goes well with Asparagus for a full meal.

Bonus recipe!

Like some of the best things in life, I discovered this recipe accidentally, out of laziness, while hungry.  I had asparagus but not oil, fat or whatnot to roast it in, and only a bit of orange juice in the fridge. But it did the trick.  Gradually, I’ve been adding more OJ, refining this recipe as I go along, like most things on this blog. The taste is sweet but leafy, and the texture soft outside and crunch on the inside.  Not really candied, but as close as you can get to sweetening greens.

“Candied” Asparagus

  • Bunch of THICK asparagus spears
  • 2 1/2 cups orange juice, or enough to cover what you’ve got
  • Salt to taste
  1. Cut spears for cooking (FUN FACT! They naturally break where they should be cut. Much more fun.)
  2. Place in sauce pan and cover with orange juice, making sure the leafy heads are just soaking in that shizz.
  3. Heat on low and simmer the outside skin is soggy, but before they go limp
  4. Pour out the majority of the OJ (it should have separated, try to keep some pulp) and place back on the range, this time a medium heat.  Salt, and cook 2 minutes, turning occasionally.