Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Venison, Pot Roast and Fish Balls for Senior Lunch

One of the reasons I like to volunteer my time and talents to helping cook meals at the Senior center is because I get to try new cooking new foods, new recipes and learn from others.   Besides which I get bored cooking the same old stuff all the time.    And last week was a good example.
Sarge marinated and cooked up a couple of venison hams, and oh my goodness were they good and well received.   I made some pot roasts and we also served up some potatoes and carrots with the meat.   Sarge cooked up a big old pot of turnip greens and some Lima Beans and Ham as well.   And I can't forget the cornbread and biscuits that were served alongside the salad.    Here's a few pictures of some of the prep work.   We got a little bit excited when it came time to serve the meal, and we had to scramble a little bit but that's par for the course.   And I didn't get all the pictures I wanted either. 
Pot Roast, ready to be carved

Cornbread and Bread Pudding

Venison, in the process of being carved up.

Fish Balls

If you noticed I didn't say anything about the Fish Balls up above, but that's because I was saving the mention for the last.    With the price of fish these days, well the price of any food, you don't want to waste anything.    A few weeks ago we had some stellar Fried Tilapia and for some reason there was some left over.   Well, we do try to use up all the food we cook, so I made some really tasty Fish Balls out of the Tilapia.    With a little bit of Tartar Sauce on top, they were very tasty.  The recipe follows, well such as it is.   You'll need to eyeball and taste your own.

Fried Tilapia Fish Balls

2 lbs. Fried fish fillets, chopped up in food processor 
3 egg yolks
3 egg whites, beaten
1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning, reduced sodium one
Heavy cream, to taste

Mix the chopped up fish together with the egg yolks and Old Bay Seasoning.   Fold in the beaten egg whites and add enough cream to make the fish stick together when you try to form a ball.   Place the fish balls on a greased baking sheet and drizzle with some olive oil.   Bake in a 375 deg. oven for about 15 minutes and serve with some tartar sauce.  
Sid Munkholm
Sid Munkholm

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.

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