Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Chicken ball surprise

Chicken Ball Surprise by Carole's Chatter

I didn't know what to call this dish.  I just wanted to try out something with chicken mince and this is what I did.  I called it Chicken Ball Surprise because there was a melted cheese surprise in the middle of the ball.  It certainly impressed the better half who wondered how I had managed to do it!

First I mixed up some:

Chicken mince
Salt and pepper
Crème fraiche (just a touch)
Grated mozzarella cheese
1 tablespoon of piri piri sauce (could be any hot sauce)
A tablespoon or so of chopped cornichons (teensy pickled cucumbers)
A teaspoon of mustard powder
A tiny sprinkling of dried thyme
1 egg (you may not need this)

I then molded this into balls (and put a cube of cheese into the middle).  You just grab your mixture and make it a flattish round.  Pop the cube of cheese into the middle of it and then squish the edges in over it and then roll it into a ball with your hands.  I find it easier to do with slightly wet hands.  I then rolled each ball in panko (Japanese breadcrumbs).

I then put the balls, covered, into the fridge.  I think this helps them meld together and makes it less likely that they will fall apart when you cook them.

When you are ready to cook, fry them in a butter/oil mixture until golden and then finish them for 15 minutes in a moderate oven to make sure they are cooked through.

I just served them with a store bought piripiri sauce

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  1. It's like magic. Now, I wonder why I have never hidden cheese inside a meatball before?

  2. Hey Carole , your chicken meatball surprise sounds delicious ! Love the melted cheese in there :D

  3. Wonderful chicken ball Carole, and yes like ur tricky idea of adding cheese too :)

  4. GREAT idea! Cheese inside a meatball? I thought you couldn't make meatballs better, but this takes them to a new level!
    Visiting from Miz Helen's Country Cottage.

  5. What a great recipe this looks awesome! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen


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