martes, febrero 11, 2014

Chipotle-cranberry meatballs [recipes]

HA! This recipe is provided by heinz! although... their version is very ... em .. "practical" (<- note the double emphasis :P) but the original recipe came from reddit, where they use. the. same. heinz. recipe. Oh, but they (the blog to which they linked) are like ssoooooowww creatiiiive... ppff... lazy hipsters, if you ask me! what is this bullcrap about buying meatballs!? really? you call yourself a food blogger and you can't make meatballs? fo'shaaaame! Ok, I must admit that on this occasion I had considered buying frozen meatballs, but really? a pound for 4 dollars and change? hell no!, I made at least twice by buying real meat, sirloin, too! And it has the added benefit of being able to get pan drippings by deglazing the pan in which you cook them. We made these for a pre-Christmas eve reunion we were invited to, that time... big meatballs, good.. but not for noshing on toothpicks... so it depends on what you're serving them for, you might want to make them small if they're meant to be snacks (like for the superbowl) or a bit larger if they're meant to be the main course accopanied by some nice creamy mashed potatoes, oh damn! my mouth just waters from the thought! heck, I'm tempted to just make patties instead of meatballs next time!


For the meatballs

2 lb. ground beef
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp chipotle sauce
1 ~ 2 chipotles
1/2 tbsp mustard

For the sauce

1 bottle of heinz chili sauce
1 can cranberry sauce
1 ~ 2 chipotles
1/2 cup beer


Mix all meatball ingredients and .. make meatballs about 2 cm.

Sear in a pan, being careful not to overload it
Once golden brown and delicious, remove and set aside
Without returning the pan to the heat, add the beer to the pan to deglaze
Once deglazed, add chili and cranberry sauces
Of course, after cursing whoever decided that cans can only be opened from one side... remember, all you need is to open a hole large enough so ti replaces the air that the sauce block is leaving inside of the can, i. e. pierce with a corkscrew or other similar sharp object.
Once incorporated, return the meatballs to the sauce and let them cook a couple of hours.
Serve with toothpicks and hurry, because they fly off the plate!