When I was growing up there was a chain of Swedish Smorgasbord restaurants in the area which I lived. It wasn't until about 10 years ago that I met the original owner of that chain at a private party in the last remaining restaurant in the chain. He cooked the foods for this party himself with his son who at that time was the manager of that one remaining establishment. One of the dishes that he served, personally to the 20+ persons invited, was his Swedish Meatballs. They were the absolute best tasting meatballs I ever ate. I took him aside and asked him quietly..."is the wonderful taste in these meatballs the fennel seeds in the sauce?" He smiled and whispered back..."yes that is my secret for making the best Swedish meatballs". I came upon a recipe for Swedish Meatballs at Group Recipes.com that sounded so similar to that recipe so I wanted to post this version for the ZWT #6 2010 Scandinavian Region.
This dish, served over hot rice or orzo, has white wine, lemon juice, olive oil and wonderful herbs. You may use dried herbs or fresh. Double the amount of herbs if using fresh. The feta cheese is sprinkled on top. Posted for ZWT 4.
I love this version of Swedish Meatballs. I have no idea how "authentic" it is, but I enjoy it. Instead of using half-and-half I usually use all milk but the half-and-half will make a creamier sauce. You can substitute ground turkey or chicken for half the ground beef, but I wouldn't substitute it for more than half the ground beef because you want the drippings for making the gravy. I normally serve this over mashed potatoes.
This mild and flavourful dish comes from Julie Sahni's 1980 book, Classic Indian Cookery. She adapted it from a dish served at the Akbar India Restaurant in New York City (which I think is now closed). I am posting this for some former exchange students who are going through severe Kabuli withdrawal. I often make this a day in advance. A few comments. I think Julie Sahni writes some of the clearest recipes on the planet -- and she does so without being patronising. Check out her books (and note that I have abbreviated some instructions slightly). Also, I wonder if Kabuli means the recipe is influenced by dishes from Kabul, Afghanistan. Finally, I have never timed this accurately, so the prep time is a bit of a guess.
Grains of Paradise an aromatic seeds of a tropical African plant has a zesty flavor reminiscent of pepper, with hints of flowers, coriander and cardamom. The whole almond gives this a nice crunch but sliced will be fine it you don't want the crunch.
These yummy cooffee treats come from a German cookbook, called "Baked Goods" and really are something special for your cookie tray.
You can choose to make other shapes (I tried crescents), but since the cookies spread a lot, I find the balls work best.
Please note: Prep time does not include 1 hour chilling time
In our home, baked ham was reserved for the holidays. Always decorated with pineapple rings, cherries and studded with cloves it still never did it for me. Then, recently, someone served this wonderful sauce over that traditional baked ham, that made my taste buds smile. I hope you will too when you try it. It's so simple and quick to make.