Chorizo Meatballs are a delicious party food. They make a great entree or small tapas dish. These come with a side serve of end of School Social Fun.
The Side of School Social Fun
After reading the adventures of other Mothers** with year 12 students and end of year Formals or “Balls” as they used to be called, I wanted to just have a last whirl round the dance floor …… metaphorically, as a Mother of a boy.
Sadly there is no way I could afford a suit, so we called on cousin Tim. He had three suits. All three were modelled and checked and although there were complaints and side-wards comments, his girlfriend chose one. Skater was completely oblivious at the importance of this event (for girls) he was just still in it to please. Suit shoes arrived, as did a shirt chosen by his girlfriend and still no feathers were ruffled .
But of course it had to come. A week before the formal, a tie that matched the dress and some jewellery needed to be found. This didn’t involve Skater, support does not go that far!. After a tough day shopping, his girlfriend sent a picture of the tie that she bought him…..and he didn’t like it…. he said so, and a text war began. I felt very sorry for him, I dont know if he was more upset about fighting with his girlfriend or about the thought of wearing something he didn’t like. At times like these I don’t always know what to say, however Mums advice included two things.
1. Take charge of your self at all times. Don’t let anybody make decisions on your behalf no matter who it is. If you say you are going to do something see it through and get involved.
2. Always be respectful but say what you think if it really isn’t going to kill someone. However, if you give someone the go ahead to make a decision for you then you must honour that.
Then what’s the next hardest thing about being the mother of the boy going to formal night?. You have to let him go to the girls house that he’s going to the formal with, and let him be the handbag, when really he’s your handsome first time formal son …who you are completely in love with and who is still your little boy. sniff.
Now for the Chorizo Meatballs
I’ve made some lovely Chorizo Meatballs with buckwheat polenta, parmesan and tomato. These are really just skating in on the last of the chilly nights. This was based on an idea I saw on Jeroxie.com. I thought they went with the Ball theme of course….
- 500 gm fresh chorizo ( the soft butcher made kind, this is raw like sausage)
- 3 fat pork sausages
- 2 Tablespoons chopped parsley
- 200 gm polenta (I used organic Buckwheat Polenta but any type will do)
- 750 ml water or stock (3 cups)
- 100 gm fresh parmesan cheese grated (and some extra for serving)
- Salt and pepper
- 400 gm tin of chopped tomatoes (or 2 cups of chopped tomatoes)
- ½ cup of basil leaves
- 60 ml extra virgin olive oil
- Remove the sausages from their skins and put into a bowl with the parsley and mix well. Form into 12 balls.
- Brown on all sides in a fry pan in 2 Tablespoons olive oil. Drain on absorbent paper ( they don't need to be cooked all the way through).
- Put them back in the fry pan with the extra olive oil, tomato and basil and simmer on low till cooked through.or approximately 6-8 minutes. Season with sea salt and pepper
- To cook the polenta. Bring the water (or stock) to a boil in a saucepan. When the water is boiling sprinkle in the polenta stiring or whisking till it is thick.Let it cook on low, leaving to simmer for around an hour. ( if you have instant polenta it will take ½ of this time. )
- When it is thick and bubbling like lava, add the parmesan and salt and pepper.
- Serve this just like mashed potato with the meat balls and sauce and shaved parmesan