Friday, July 31, 2009

Food Friday

Ah, so this time I tried a couple things. First off, we have the Potato Bundles, another recipe from The Pioneer Woman. This recipe looked tempting because I am a huge potato fan, however, the boy is not. In fact, he doesn't so much care for potatoes . . . ridiculous, I know. He does like them slathered in the most unhealthy fashions though. So, onto the recipe.

This is not picture dense, because she does that for you. I did everything the same, except . . . I also added some crumbled bacon.

Mine had more paprika, less butter and bacon.

The boy's had more butter and bacon, also a little more cream.

This is the boy's version, getting ready to be packed up for his lunch the next night. After this picture, I also sprinkled some shredded cheese on the top of his.

This was mine.

Overall feelings about the Potato Bundles . . . delicious! Obviously it is simple in it's basic conception, but uber yummy. The only change I would make sure to add would be a little more pepper and maybe paprika, as I had gone a little light on these and shouldn't have. Hopefully the boy will like his and we will be having this again in the future.

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Next attempt was meatballs. I didn't use a recipe for this, just kind of winged it. Meat is an odd issue in our house, as neither the boy nor I am big fans of meat. (Oddly enough, we both come from meat-loving families.)

First we start with the seasoned ground turkey.

Add one egg.

1/2 cup of bread crumbs. (not shown, about a 1/2 tsp each of garlic salt, onion salt, and cayenne pepper)

I made my meatballs about the size of golf balls. I browned all sides.

Then tossed them into a baking dish and cooked them in the oven at 300 degrees for about 40 minutes to make sure they were all done inside.

Important to break one or two open to make sure they are all cooked inside.

This was dinner. Potato Bundles. Meatballs. Roasted Veggies (Onions, Cherry Tomatoes, Green Beans, and Pea Pods)

Overall feelings on the meatballs . . . cowardice. I think this is yet another time I didn't completely go with my instincts as I thought they would be wrong. I should have definitely seasoned more. I should have used real onions and not the salt. Lastly, more of a personal preference, both me and the boy like our meat well done, even crispy . . . I should have made the meatballs at least half that size, if not a third. Good learning experience, but again . . . not quite there.

Side note: I always thought I hated Pea Pods, I had them in Chinese food before and greatly disliked them. However, cooked the way I have been cooking the other veggies, they are super delicious. I am glad the boy was stubborn and wanted to buy some.


  1. Mmmm. I do a similar potato packet thing on the grill. Except I thin-slice my potatoes because I like them crispy, and I use olive oil and rosemary as seasonings. I usually use red potatoes. Yummy.

    And now, a confession. I'm half Italian. And I don't like meatballs. *gasp* :)

  2. That is too funny. I made meatballs last night too but I used hamburger. However, I didn't season mine enough either. Additionally, I glanced out the window and saw that there were two dogs in our backyard, when there should have only been one, went to go check, and let them cook a little too long so were slightly dry but the spaghetti sauce turned out great. One out of two aint bad. I want to try the potato packets though!

  3. That looks very good, I'll have to try that potato packet thing.

  4. I love meatballs! Williams-Sonoma had a recipe in which they stuff them with cheese. They were the best ever. Your posts always make me hungry!