Monday, July 18, 2011

Bollinos (Fish Balls)!

So, it's been all together too long since we've had any balls here at Balls and Pie (Don't worry, we've had plenty of pie). If you've been keeping up, and read about our delicious curried tilapia tacos, then you know we're on a meat hiatus. I'm going to repeat that, just because I enjoy the term: Meat Hiatus. Well, except for fish, and according to Ron Swanson, (the official fictional libertarian of Balls & Pie) it's pretty much a vegetable anyway. So, in search of something appropriate to share with you, my internet overlords, I discovered Bollinos - Codfish Balls! They were a pleasantly tasty surprise.

To make your balls, you'll want:
1.5 lbs (or so) cod
1 lb potatos (something mashable - I used russet)
1 Onion, finely chopped
3 eggs, beaten
2 - 3 cloves, freshly chopped garlic
1 sprig fresh rosemary, chopped
Olive Oil
1/2 cup Matzah Meal or Bread Crumbs

To prepare your fish ball batter:
1. First, prepare you'll want to get your onions sautéing in olive oil, over medium-low heat, until brown. Remove from heat if they're done early.
2. Start boiling  water. in large saucepan.
3. Quarter potatoes and add to boiling water.
4. Cut fish into 1" slices, and after 10 minutes, add to boiling potatoes.
5. After 5 - 7 more minutes, the potatoes should be fork-tender. Remove, and drain water.
6. Coarsely mash potatoes and fish together.
7. Add garlic, onions, rosemary, 1 tbsp salt, and pepper (and other spices) to taste. 
8. Once the mixture is cool enough, add beaten eggs, and mix until absorbed.
9. Add about 2" Olive Oil to a small saucepan, and heat over medium-high.
10. Roll the batter into 1" balls, and add to oil.
11. Fry until golden brown (3 - 4 minutes or so).
12. Drain your balls on paper towel, and serve hot!

Quartered Potatoes
Chopped Cod

Boiled Potatoes, Fish and Onions
Raw Batter

Hot and Tasty Fish Balls!

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