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It's Citrus Season!
February 11, 2016
Now is the ideal time to enjoy mandarins, blood oranges, and all sorts of citrus fruits at their peak.
Courtney, Stephanie, and Carolyn got to meet THE Ben & Jerry at a fundraiser held at Impact Hub MSP! Chowgirls provided the food and drink, Ben & Jerry brought the ice cream (of course). Jerry even commented that "the food is incredible!"
The forthcoming Chowgirls cookbook officially has a title! Coming Fall 2016…
Chowgirls Killer Party Food: Righteous Bites & Cocktails for Every Season
Since Fall seems like a long ways away, here's a sample recipe from the cookbook, great for winter gatherings:
Whiskey-Ginger Cocktail Meatballs
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp sesame oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp peeled and finely diced ginger
2 shallots, finely diced
1 lb (500 g) grass-fed ground beef
½ lb (250 g) ground pork
2 tsp kosher salt
2 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp freshly-ground black pepper
¼ tsp crushed red pepper
1 cup (250 mL) rice cakes or crackers, processed to crumbs
1 tbsp orange zest (for meatballs)
¼ cup (60 mL) bourbon or other aged whiskey
½ cup (125 mL) fresh-squeezed orange juice
¼ cup (60 mL) salted butter
¼ cup (60 mL) honey
½ tsp cornstarch
1 tsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice
2 scallions, chopped
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp orange zest
Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
In a large skillet on high heat, heat the olive and sesame oils. Add garlic, ginger and shallots and sauté for 3 minutes until softened. Transfer to a medium bowl and set skillet aside.
Using your hands, incorporate the ground beef, pork, salt, soy sauce, black and red pepper, cracker crumbs, egg and orange zest into the garlic, shallot and onion mixture until all ingredients are well-combined.
On a parchment-lined baking sheet, measure 2 tbsp of meatball mixture into mounds spaced 1 in (2.5 cm) apart. Using your hands, roll each mound into a ball.
Bake for 18-20 minutes or until cooked through.
Meanwhile, return the skillet to high heat. Add the whiskey and orange juice and, on medium-high heat, reduce the liquid by half. Bring to a boil, add the butter and honey and reduce the heat to low. Dissolve cornstarch in 2 tsp of water and add to the pan. Bring to a boil and stir until mixture thickens, about 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, add the lemon juice and meatballs to the skillet and toss until well-coated. Garnish with chopped scallions, sesame seeds and orange zest and serve with cocktail toothpicks.
Makes about 24 generous size meatballs
TIP: We highly recommend you sample the whiskey before you make this recipe. And then get right to work, using your shot glass, the ideal size vessel, to measure the meat.
Some of our management team got together at Gyst Fermentation Bar recently to have a Q&A with Zingerman's co-founder, Ari Weinzweig. They were also treated to delicious meats & cheese, as well as Ari's book "A Lapsed Anarchist's Approach to Building a Great Business".