In this dish, you can use the usual meatball recipe of ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, cheese (the same recipe as my Burger Queen) or you can do it my funky way.
Tip 1: Make sure the balls are bite size. This way, it's perfect size for salad or skewer it with kiwi ala summer kebab
Tip 2: Annatto powder is an organic red orange colouring. It doesn't affect the taste of any dish.
Tip 3: IF YOU ARE ANYTHING LIKE ME? double the glaze and serve your meatballs with a little sauceon the side.
Tip 4: Imagine how yum this glaze will taste on roasted whole chicken leg?
Tip 5: You need to balance your glaze's taste,,, it has to be sweet and sour. Kiwi doesn't come in 100% identical taste and so you need to train your taste buds to achieve that sweet and sour balance.
After making this dish again just for good measure, IT IS MY PERSONAL OPINION THAT THIS GLAZE WILL WORK BEST ON A LESS STRONG CHARACTERED MEAT LIKE A BLAND HAM OR THE USUAL MEATBALLS. Spam seemed a bit too seasoned for the glaze. When I tried it with just the glaze, it screamed for more, when I made it swim in a sauce, well, it drowned.
So if you do make this dish, just serve it with an extra sauce on the side.
1 Lite Spam (it's less sodium and less fat)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup bread crumbs
dash of pepper
4 Zespiri Kiwifruit, pureed
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vinegar
2 tablespoons water
1/8 teaspoon annatto powder dissolved in 2 tablespoon warm water
2 teaspoons cornstarch diluted in 4 tablespoons cold water
2 tablespoons water
1 Cucumber, sliced
2 cups mixed green salad
1/2 cup rocket leaves
1/2 cup to 1 cup roasted walnuts (depending on how much or how less you want it)
Heat kiwi, sugar, lemon juice and annatto powder and water in a saucepan. Add cornstarch mixture, simmer until thick. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 350F.
Run spam through a food processor to resemble ground meat.
In a mixing bowl, combine spam, eggs, bread crumbs and pepper.
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Form a ball by scooping 1 tablespoon of ground spam and rolling it gently through you hands. Place it on the baking sheet, giving enough space for air to move around.
Bake meatballs for 10 minutes, glaze. Do this process twice. Baking time a total of 30 minutes.
Mix salad ingredients on a separate bowl. Place a cup of mix salad on the serving plate. Place Zespiri Kiwifruit slices on plate, top it with glaze meatballs. Brush plate with more glaze to up the ante or for additional sauce in case you want more than just a smudgeon. Serve immediately.
You can be as creative as you want to be with this dish. Serve meatballs with the glaze as a side sauce and steam rice on the side. Serve meatballs with kiwi like a kebab, it's basically a dish that you can definitely play around.
*My kids preferred meatballs with an extra sauce on the side.
:) Zespiri Kiwifruit is an extremely rich source of Vitamin C. One Zespiri Kiwifruit a day can provide you with your daily dose of Vitamin C. It has two times the amount that oranges offer and five times nutrition than apples.
:) Zespiri Kiwifruit contains high level of Actinidin, an enzyme that helps with protein digestion
:) Zespri Kiwifruit is not just for garnishing, it is also a very good meat tenderizer so next time you prepare beef? think kiwi.
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