For some strange reason I usually associate meatballs with beef and with pasta so this pork meatball dish was developed to encourage me to do something a little new and different with my balls… Behave! I quite shamelessly lifted the basic idea of the base for the meatballs from my recent beef osso bucco recipe, although the cheese has very much changed to be in keeping with the ideas of BBQ sauce and Beer, the other two main influences in this dish. If you have been following me for a while you may have noticed the occasional mention of beer, I am rather fond of the odd beerverage or two but don’t cook with it too often. Ok I often cook with it in the way that there is often a bottle of beer lubricating me as I cook, however it is rarely an ingredient in my cooking. So these Braised Pork Meatballs make a nice change.
Naturally the flavour of this dish is governed by the BBQ sauce you use and the beer you use, these pork meatballs half a dozen times playing with different flavours and ideas and they all worked really very well, although you do want to avoid paring a really sweet sauce with a really sweet beer and also avoid a really bitter beer with a tart BBQ sauce. My favourite combination ended up being Leffe Brun which is a dark Belgian Wheat Beer and the BBQ Sauce from these Ribs, it resulted in a wonderfully complex flavour profile, but you should definitely play around and go with what you like. A Pilsner style lager gives the most simple flavour profile to these pork meatballs and a Porter or Stout the heaviest, a little to heavy for my liking, which is odd as I love a good dark porter or stout. But hey let me know what you used and how it worked for you!
Speaking of beer, it is hard to believe that or first visitors of the year arrive on Monday, always a time when our beer consumption increases considerably. My mother in law is visiting us early this year for the first of three visits and this one just happens to coincide with my Birthday, a year older but definitely not wiser. The handball team that we follow in Mezőkövesd have an away game in a town with a really nice thermal spa on my Birthday so at the moment that is the plan, plenty of beer, a bit of a soak and a bit of sports, can I claim it as exercise? I am sure there will be plenty of pictures floating around either on Facebook or Instagram and you will not be deprived of new recipes. I have been busy getting ahead and I have some great stuff heading your way next week whilst I am nurturing my hangovers, which will no doubt be getting worse as I age another year.