I am not planning on turning this into a cooking blog, but this weekend I went kind of crazy and made so many good things, and all from scratch!;) My goal eventually is to make 90-100% of my food from scratch to avoid eating all those crazy perservatives and ingredients that I can’t even pronounce. This weekend I ended up making spaghetti and meatballs, soft tacos with homemade Guacamole and a batch of chocolate chip cookies!;) Hey, I said it was the weekend right?
My boyfriend loves meatballs to say the least! And since I am Norwegian he is under the impression that I learned how to make them even before I was born. I have made traditional Norwegian(swedish) meatballs before, but this time we wanted to try some juicy italian ones. I did some Google searches and found this amazing recipie from: Kitchenmeetsgirl Blog
- 1/2 pound lean ground beef
- 1/2 pounds Italian sausage (I used italian turkey sausage)
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1/4 cup plain bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 tablespoon Italian seasoning (If you have any, and if you dont just add more oregano, basil, some marjoram and thyme)
- 1 teaspoon basil
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (Can be excluded)
- 1/4 fresh minced onion
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Add all the ingredients into a food processor and mix until you have a paste. Use a spoon to make the size of meatball you like and fry them gently in a pan for a few minutes on each side. (They are not supposed to cook through in the pan) A great tips is to have a glass of cold water that you can dip the spoon in before you mold your meatball between the spoon and the palm of your hand. This makes it a lot easier. Simmer up some marinara sauce either homemade or a jar and put the meatballs in it. Make sure they are all the way covered in the sauce and let simmer for 30-40 minutes, depending on how big the meatballs are.
In the meantime cook up some spaghetti and bake som garlic toast in the oven.
On sunday we were in a Mexican mood, or at least I was. According to Kris I am taco crazy, which might be true, but anyways. It’s so easy and so good! Usually we buy Guacamole from Whole Foods as that is the best one I have ever tried, but this time I wanted to try to make it on my own. And it turned out so good, I might even say better than the original:)
Guacamole from scratch:
4 riped Avocados
1,5 oz sour cream
1/4 of a small red onion
1/2 hot pepper or jalepeño
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Juice from 1/2 a lemon or 1 lime
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
1/4 cup of riped grape cherry tomatoes
Take out the avocados from their shell and dispose of the seed. Cut up the onion and pepper into small pieces. Add all the ingredients except the tomatoes and mash everything together with a fork. Cut up the tomatoes in small pieces and add them at the end. Add more salt and pepper if needed to taste.
I encourage you to try the recipes and tell me what you think?