Honey Garlic Meatballs
2 pounds lean ground meat (turkey, chicken, beef, or veal - I used turkey)
1 egg (or 2 egg whites)
salt to taste
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/3 cup club soda or water (approximately)
1/2 cup bread crumbs or matzo meal
1 1/2 cup honey garlic sauce (recipe to follow)
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
1 teaspoon sesame oil, optional
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray. Combine all the ingredients for the meat mixture. Wet your hands lightly, and shape into small meatballs. Arrange them on the baking sheet, and bake for 20 minutes, until firm.
Heat the honey garlic sauce in a large pot. Dissolve the cornstarch in the orange juice, and stir into the simmering sauce. Add the red pepper flakes and sesame oil. When the sauce is thickened, add the meatballs. Simmer partly covered for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Makes about 5 dozen meatballs (depending upon the size you make them).
Honey garlic sauce
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 cup water
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons honey
4 tablespoons molasses
6 cloves garlic, crushed
Combine all the ingredients and mix well.
On Halloween, pumpkin is expected. This cake is super simple. Rather than using a fat-laden icing, I spread the top with pumpkin butter (no dairy in there!) and topped it all off with toasted walnuts. It made a beautiful and mouth-watering presentation.
Pumpkin cake with pumpkin butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup pumpkin puree
3/4 cup pumpkin butter
3/4 cup halved walnuts, toasted on tray in toaster oven at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes, til aromatic
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour one 9? round baking pan or dish.
Place the sugar, oil and eggs in the large bowl of your mixer and combine.
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, baking powder, and salt. Add the dry ingredients into the wet mixture, and mix well.
Stir in the pumpkin puree and mix well. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes until golden and cake tester comes out clean from center.
Cool on rack and remove from baking pan. Slather on your pumpkin butter on the top of the cake, and decoratively arrange the walnuts. Makes 8-10 servings.
You can create this impressive cylon too...click here.