Tuesday, March 31, 2009

New Recipe! -sorry it's late

Sorry this recipe is a day late. I just got back from spring break and it has been a little hectic. Anyway, I chose to make this recipe because I am a huge fan of Chinese food and I love having a themed dinner. (and I usually have just about everything on hand already. And if I don't it's usually something that I can do without) When I'm done with this recipe, I usually cook rice in the sauce. Then just add a few egg rolls and some chop sticks to your meal and you are set!

Sweet and Sour Chicken Meatballs

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2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 large carrots, chopped
1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice
1/4 cup ketchup
1 slice white bread
2 tablespoons milk
3/4 pound ground chicken
1/2 zucchini, shredded
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cups instant rice
1. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add onion, green pepper, and carrot. Cook for 5 minutes, until onion is softened. Stir in broth, tomato sauce, brown sugar, white vinegar, pineapple with juice, and ketchup. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
2. Meanwhile, soak bread in milk in a large bowl until milk is absorbed. Mix together with ground chicken, shredded zucchini, egg, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Shape into 12 meatballs, about 2 tablespoons each.
3. Drop meatballs into simmering sauce. Cook 15 minutes, or until cooked through, turn over once during cooking.
4. Remove skillet from heat. Stir in rice. Cover, and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff rice with fork before serving.

When did you start baking / cooking?
I don't remember. I have been baking/ cooking for a long time, ever since I was little. My mom made sure her kids were well trained in all the domestic chores.

What is your favorite kitchen tool?
Um, I don't have many to choose from. Sadly my kitchen supplies aren't what I'd like them to be. But I'd have to choose a pastry blender.

Do you have a favorite spice? If so, what is it?
Not really. I like different spices with different things so I can't really say I have a favorite.

What is your favorite book?
Again, there is no way I can pick a favorite. I love reading and I have a lot of favorite books. If I'm totally into the book I'm reading at the moment it is usually my favorite, but the minute I start a new book, my favorite changes. But some favorites that will never change are Harry Potter Series, the Twilight Series, and the Emeralds and Espionage Series.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

If you had to change your first name right now, what would you change it to?
If I HAD to, I guess I'd just shorten it to Mel. But if that's too close and doesn't count, I'd change it to Jade. I have no reasoning why.

Where do you currently live?
In Chicago- the Twin Towers to be exact. But not for long! I'll be moving to Alexandria, VA in about 6-7 weeks.

Where are you from?
I am from Morgan, UT. A beautiful little valley in northern Utah, where I grew up working on the family dairy farm, riding horses, and playing sports. I'm a country girl. It's the good life!

If you could eat one thing for every meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Probably cereal:)

- Melanie Crockett


Melanie W. said...

ooh, yummy! And this is something I think I can make here! (except they don't have any tomato sauce, but I'll improvise.)

Larson Family said...

where do you get your ground chicken?

Danielle said...

I picked up some ground chicken at Jewel. It was kind of expensive per pound, but it was buy-one-get-one last night when I went.

LuAnn said...

Has anyone tried regular rice? I don't use instant rice so I'd like to avoid buying it.

LuAnn said...

And I guess I'm not quite sure, but since it doesn't say to cook the rice I am assuming you don't cook it before you put it into the sauce. I'm going to try cooking the rice I have and then putting it into the sauce. Seems like it should work out okay. I'm excited. These sounds yummy.

Cami said...

Yeah, I would cook the regular rice before I put it in. I'm sure it will taste just fine. You might want to slightly under cook it just so it doesn't get mushy but I'm sure it will be totally great.