The Food in my Beard blogIf you call something shepherd’s pie on the Internet but you use beef instead of lamb, people freak out. I personally like this recipe better with beef, but it works both ways, so I wanted to leave it open for you to decide.
Makes: 30 to 35 meatballs
2 large russet potatoes
Salt and pepper
4 tablespoons (56 g) butter
2 carrots, diced
1 small onion, diced
2 cups (230 g) corn
½ cup (120 ml) cream
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons (30 ml) Worcestershire sauce
2 slices bread
2 tablespoons (30 ml) milk
¼ cup (16 g) chopped parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1 ½ pounds (680 g) ground beef or lamb
Make the Potatoes
Preheat the oven to 375?F (190?C, or gas mark 5). Rub the potatoes with oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and bake for about 1 ½ ours, until tender.
Meanwhile, heat the butter in a small pan and add the carrot and onion with a pinch of salt. Cook for about 7 minutes, until softened. Add the corn and cook for another 2 minutes. Mix in the cream and remove from the heat. When the potatoes are ready, peel and chop them, put them in a bowl, and pour the corn mixture over them. Mash it up really well. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed.
Allow the potatoes to cool a little, and then begin rolling them into 1-inch (2.5-cm) balls. Put the potato balls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and put them into the freezer for about an hour.
Make the Meatballs
Combine the garlic, Worcestershire, bread, milk, parsley and salt in a food processor and pulse until fairly smooth. In a large bowl, mix this mixture into the meat. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Take the frozen potato balls out of the freezer and begin wrapping them in meat. Flatten some meat into the palm of your hand, put the potato ball on top of it, and wrap the meat around it, adding more if needed. They should end up as large meatballs, between 2 and 2 ¼ inches (5 and 5.6 cm) in diameter. Place on a baking sheet.
Broil the meatballs for about 7 minutes per side until browned all around. Keep your eye on potato trying to escape, and if it starts oozing out, get it out of the oven quick! Serve these just as an appetizer with some gravy, or in a meatball sandwich, also with gravy.
More recipes in Dan Whalen's book, Stuffed: The Ultimate Comfort Food Cookbook: Taking Your Favorite Foods and Stuffing Them to Make New, Different and Delicious Meals