Carmen Cooks! (…and sometimes bakes and makes drinks) – Meatballs & Green Bean Fries

Hola mi amigos! Welcome to another round of CC (asbamd), lol. Yesterday I decided to make meatballs and baked green bean fries.

First things first: a cold beer

Photo 1-22-2014, 9 45 00 PM

In hindsight though, busting out the beer first isn’t a very good idea if you get so into whatever your task is that your beer is disgustingly warm by the time you remember you had one.

Right. Now that we’ve got the most essential tool in any endeavor (= booze), we can get started on the meatballs.

You’ll need:

  • 2 lbs, ground meat
  • 2 tsps, dried oregano
  • 2 tbsps, parsley
  • 1 tsp, black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsps, crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 cups of whole wheat Panko, or whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 cup, Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs

I personally LOVE the smell of garlic, whether its freshly chopped or sauteed in a pan, and when the smell sticks to your hand…mmmmm… (I swear this is not sarcasm).

Steps:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl then shape into meatballs
  2. Add 1 tbsp of olive oil to a large pan, heat with a medium flame then cook meatballs until they’re brown on both sides and thoroughly cooked.

Now onto the green bean fries!

You’ll need:

  • 1 lb, fresh green beans
  • 2 cups of whole wheat Panko or bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup, grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsps, garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsps, salt (+ more to taste)
  • 1/4 tsps, black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsps olive oil

As you can see, I put all the dry ingredients in a Ziploc thinking it would be easier to coat the beans as well as be less messy. Boy was I ridiculously wrong.

Steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 deg. F
  2. Whisk the eggs in one bowl and mix all the dry ingredients in another; proceed to coat all the beans.
  3. Place the coated beans on a baking tray lined with wax paper, drizzle with olive oil, and bake for 15-20 minutes until crispy.

Notes:

  • You can use whatever kind of ground meat you want; I used lamb but I think I would have preferred beef.
  • The green bean fries taste exactly like green beans so keep that in mind before you make them. Adding a little more salt would probably make it more fry-like.

That’s it for today’s CC (asbamd). These two were a pretty good combo, mostly because they used similar ingredients (so no extra buying necessary).

Hmmm… what shall I make next?

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