August 13th, 2016
Another cooking experiment.
Last week, at the airport, I grabbed a quick meal. I was intrigued by these “pasta balls” in the menu, and decided to try them out.
At first, I was a bit unsure if I was going to like them, but after the first bite, I fell in love with the taste.
The ones I’ve ordered were filled with kale, mozzarella and macaroni, so I got my ingredients ready and tried to recreate them. Of course, this being my first attempt, they didn’t turn out perfect, but still really tasty!
Here are all the ingredients you need. These are vegetarian and not vegan, simply because I didn’t know what to use instead of eggs, but if you have any ideas for replacements, do let me know, so other vegan marzipans can enjoy this recipe! (For the mozzarella, pick a dairy free one instead).
The first thing to do is to cook your macaroni, and I would suggest cooking it a few minutes less than written in the package, because we will cook it again later on.
While you wait for the pasta to be cooked, slice the mozzarella and kale into tiny pieces and mix them together, adding some salt.
Now that you have your pasta, mozzarella and kale all ready, take some of each and make a tiny ball with the palms of you hand, so you know the size you want them to be. I had troubles keeping the shape, so I used cling film to wrap them in and hold them together, and placed them in the freezer for about 30 minutes, but would definitely recommend leaving them longer, for at least 1 hour (I had to prepare lunch for me and Felix and did not have enough time).
Once they are hard, get them out of the freezer, unwrap them and first bathe them in the egg yolk, and then coat them in breadcrumbs.
You can then go ahead and cook them on a pan with olive oil, for 5 minutes or so – like I did – or fry them – as anyone else on the internet seems to be doing.
In my case, some of the balls started to fall apart when getting too hot, so probably frying them created a coat around them and allows them to stick better together.
Either way, it worked out pretty well!
The look of mine may not be great, as it was a bit messy and definitely a challenge to make them hold the shape (especially cause I didn’t follow a tutorial or recipe) but I got there eventually!
The taste was absolutely great, and I placed the balls in a kale bed and garnished the plate with fresh cherry tomatoes and sliced avocado.
I will surely try this recipe out again, and hopefully, with minor tweaks, I will get better at preparing them.
Have you ever eaten something like this? Any tips for me?