I am revisiting this post, because dazee's parents arrived today, and I wanted to make them a ball. You know, something nice to serve on a platter with crunchy, flax-y crackers and thinly sliced sections of my favorite apple, The Honey Crisp.
In a moment of grown up responsible decision making, I decided to ix-nay the whole "port cheese" concept, and go with plan B, which was less likely to be a giant nut ball disaster. First off, Brazil nuts are really expensive. I bought a 10oz bag and it came close to $9, far too many bills to chuck into the ol' compost tub, if my plan failed. Secondly, I tend to be overly experimental when I want to impress, especially when I should just chill and play it safe. The dilemma was I wanted to stir up the ball a bit. No boring balls. No ball repeats.
Mr. Ball II in his birthday suit.
My compromise was to modify the original ball, but to steer towards a roasty-smoky angle instead. I followed the same ball recipe, but used:
- 10 oz Brazil nuts
- 4 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 medium sweet red pepper, roasted and peeled (broil until dark brown and bubbly on all sides, cover to steam for 10 minutes, slip off skin)
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons water
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- dash liquid smoke
- 1/8-1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 4 cloves of roasted garlic
This ball is a bit ugly.
Even though the ball is a bit on the ugly side, it was really delicious. I liked it even better than ball #1. In fact, I just spread some leftovers onto a warmed brown rice tortilla and ate it with more slices of those sweet, crispy and heavenly apples.
My only change for ball III will be to go against the recipe directions about rolling the ball in herbs first and then baking it. I've noticed once the ball is baked, the herbs dull from the heat and lose their zest. However, after the ball is baked, the exterior dries out a bit and chopped herbs would probably not stick. So when there is a next time, I shall bake The Thing sans herbs, then re-mash it to homogenize the drier outside with the soft inside, then re-roll in chopped herbs for taste and presentation.
I am taking a ball break for awhile. Balls are a good time, but too fattening for regular fare.
P.S. As far as the Primal Strips go, Kilax is getting #4 because she has appealed to my southern side by stealthily referring to good ol' Stonewall's Jerquee, pride o' Lousiana. I have more, I have a lot more, so lemme know if you want one.
P.P.S. Check out gothtober.com, especially day #9, made by my good, good friends Gailiunicide.