Theme: Middle East
I will say that out of all the different kinds of food out there in the world Middle Eastern is probably my least favorite and most unfamiliar to my palette. Where I live (Inland Southern California) there are not a whole lot of options for Middle Eastern food and the options that are available are not that good. So I was less than thrilled when this theme came up… But with a little research and open mindedness I found a couple things that peaked my interest and hopefully would change my outlook on Middle Eastern Cuisine.
I decided on a Persian Meatball with Dried Cherries and Pistachios. Sounds interesting, right?! For those of you who are not familiar with Persian culture, they are an Iranian ethnic group native to Iran. I usually think of Persian culture as being extremely artistic with their pottery and weaving. Even their writing looks like a beautiful work of art. My meatballs were not a work of art, but they were delicious. Big thumbs up with my husband.
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 2 tbsp pistachios, finely chopped
- ¼ cup dried cherries, finely chopped
- ½ tsp celery salt
- ½ tsp coriander
- ½ tsp cumin
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 shallot, diced
- 2 tbsp flour
- 1½ cups chicken stock
1. In a bowl combine turkey, spices, pistachios, dried cherries, shallots, breadcrumbs and egg.
4. Over medium heat in the same pan add the flour and cook for a minute, stirring to cook the flour. Gradually add the chicken stock a little at a time, stirring to incorporate completely.