I love eating tasty little mouthfuls of delicious food then I get to try everything, well almost everything, at someone else's cocktail party. But my patience wears thin when we have a party of our own and I have to make them myself. All that work and they're devoured in a flash.
Stuck for an idea today and a promise to bring a plate I suddenly remembered a simple recipe for pesto balls. I say simple and they are if you have a food processor and what I call a blitz machine. A small electric food chopper. If you don't happen to have either buy minced chicken and very finely chop everything else by hand.
Ingredients: 35 x 3cm diameter balls
700gm chicken (I used breast) minced in a food processor
1 small to medium onion, blitzed
3 cloves of garlic , blitzed
100gm pine nuts, blitzed
4 slices white bread, crumbed (processed)
3 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated
2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped
Half teaspoon white pepper, ground
Half teaspoon black pepper , ground
Plain flour to dust
Oil for frying – grape seed, canola or sunflower
Blitz and process each ingredient separately and combine together in a large bowl, expect the flour and oil.
With wet hands roll the ingredients into 3cm sized balls. Dust in flour, shaking off the excess and cook for 5 minutes in enough hot oil to cover the pan. Shake the pan frequently, rolling the balls for even browning. When cooked through drain on kitchen paper.
Pile the pesto balls hot or cold on a plater with a small bowl of chilli sauce for dipping, on the side.