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Central American Meatballs w/ Black Beans & Rice October 17, 2009

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Central American Meatballs

I mean no offense when I use the term, “Central American.”  It is used VERY loosely, because of the spices.

This is the type of dinner that happens when you come home, are hungry, and have a package of ground chicken and fresh bread crumbs you need to use up.  The husband does not care for chicken/turkey meatballs or meatloaf…so I improvised.

Recipe:

Meatballs:

1 lb ground chicken

1.5 cups bread crumbs (I had some homemade bread crumbs from a three cheese semolina loaf)

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 egg

1/4 cup salsa

Salt & pepper to taste (which I never understand since you’re not going to taste the raw meat mixture)

Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Make 1 tablespoon sized meatballs and place on a cookie sheet that you’ve sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Note: these are also great to use in soup.

Rice & Beans:

I cheated and made a packet of yellow saffron rice.  What can I say, sometimes these shortcuts are great when you come home from work!

1/2 green bell pepper

1/2 sweet Vidalia onion

1 can black beans, drained & rinsed

1 tablespoon “sofrito”

3/4 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon cumin

Salt & Pepper

Secret ingredient: “Salsa Lizano” (we fell in love with this when we were in Costa Rica)

Sautee diced pepper and onion in a pan.  Once they are soft, add in the spices, and then the beans. 

Serve beans over rice and place the meatballs on top.

I have no idea what to call this, but it was very flavorful and the leftovers were just as good.  It does make more meatballs than you’ll need for dinner, but I made them all instead of cutting down the amount of meat.

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