Some like 'em big, while others prefer 'em pop-in-the-mouth-small. Beef, pork, veal or poultry , anything slaughtered and minced could be turn into this bite size delectable treats. Deep fried or baked, spicy or not, dry or with sauce, making Meatballs or ''Bola Bola'' as Filipinos fondly call it, is as versatile as it could get.
The are probably thousands of Meatball recipes out there, but this I keep. I got it from my husband's aunt. You know those terse and tight lip Tantes, who spend most of their lives in the kitchen, making sure that the rest of the family is well fed and deliciously so? She is that kind of Tante. A Tante who plays deaf to this silly little nonsense called '' diet'' and doesn't tolerate '' too-much-carbs'' or '' too much butter'' gibbering at her dining table either. No wonder everybody and I mean everybody in the family is keen to be in her kitchen..on diet or not!
Extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, finely diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
400 g minced beef
200 g minced pork
200 g minced pork
2 large eggs
1 cup Parmesan cheese
a handful of parsley, chopped
1 bun or 2 slices of loaf bread, soaked in 1/4 cup of milk
1 tsp. of Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper
Tabasco sauce, optional
2. Heat olive oil in a pan, sauté onion until soft and translucent. Add in minced garlic. Take out from the heat and let it cool.
4. Add in sautéed onion, garlic and Worcestershire sauce and tabasco sauce , if using. Season generously with salt and pepper. Form into balls. I like them not too small and not too big. About the size of a golf ball.
6. Heat olive oil in a pan, brown meat balls .
7. Transfer in a baking pan, lined with baking paper. Bake in a preheated oven ( 180° C) for about 15 minutes.
Serve on rice with ketchup like any sensible Pinoy, or go Italian and eat it with tomato sauce and spaghetti. Your call!