Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Meat Balls and Mountain Roads.

Our first blog with a non-food twist will feature the Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay, the greatest relay on Earth! This race starts in Haines Junction, Yukon, and finishes in Haines, Alaska. In between, riders must cover 238km of mountainous, windy and stunningly beautiful terrain. Teams can consist of up to 8 people, and even a few keeners do it solo. 

Bradele were proud members of 'That's What He Said', the 4-woman team with giant calves and endless jokes, who's enthusiasm and toughness earned them a surprising third place win! 

But at least some credit must be given to the hearty dinner made in the campground the previous night. Spaghetti and meatballs was the perfect combination of simplicity and deliciousness.

Spicy Meatballs with Cumin and Cinnamon

1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
1/3 cup milk
2 Tbs. olive oil
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cayenne
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 lb. ground beef or turkey or both

Combine the breadcrumbs and milk in a mixing bowl and let sit for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a heavy 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes.

  Mash the breadcrumbs and milk with a fork to a smooth paste. Add the beef, cumin, salt, several grinds of pepper, and cayenne to the breadcrumbs. Mix with your hands until thoroughly combined. Wet your hands to keep the mixture from sticking to them and roll a couple of tablespoons into 1-1/2-inch balls; you should have about 30.

Place on baking pan and bake in the oven at 400 C for about 20 min, until the meat is cooked through. 

We made the meat balls the day before so all we needed to do was cook the pasta and heat up the sauce and balls in the campground. 

Is was hard not to eat too many!


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