Thursday, December 3, 2009

Greek Meat Balls aka Keftedes

These Greek meatballs were another one of HiHo's traditions for Christmas. She quadrupled the recipe for the Christmas Eve Party. Crowds would form around the two pots that she served them in making them a real conversation piece. While the spinach dip sandwiches were my favorite dish, this was definitely my sisters. She would keep the pot hot on a hot plate and use it as a finger food, providing guests a cup of toothpicks to serve themselves with. These are yummy and quite memorable.

1.5 pounds ground round steak
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup fine, soft bread crumbs
2 medium onions, finely chopped
1 Tablespoons chopped parsley
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh mint
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
shortening for pan frying.

  1. Combine all ingredients except shortening and mix thoroughly. (I remember HiHo working this with her bare hands).
  2. Refrigerate for several hours.
  3. Shape into small bite-size balls. (this took forever when quadrupled and HiHo would often beg for my help!)
  4. Fry in hot shortening until browned.
  5. Serve hot. Although HiHo never did it, Tzadziki makes a great accompaniment.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Mushroom Sandwiches

In honor of December 1st, I am beginning the bump and repost my traditional Christmas recipes, while adding some new ones. Look out - HiHo's famous Bourbon Balls are at the top of the list!

This was another one of HiHo's Christmas Eve dishes, for which she doubled the recipe. The only problem is I abhor mushrooms so if there was ever a place where these sandwiches touched one of the Spinach dip sandwiches I would not touch them. Regardless, I know many people LOVED these little buggers, therefore I shall share it will my sister and I run very quickly in the other direction! The Pepperidge Farm bread is becoming increasingly difficult to find. If you can not find the thin bread, gently press or use a rolling pin to roll the slices thin.

1 pound mushrooms
1 slice of onion
4 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons thick cream
parsley (written in in HiHo's handwriting)

  1. Chop mushrooms and onion finely and saute slowly in butter.
  2. When tender, sprinkle them with flour and salt and cook a little longer.
  3. Add the cream and stir until nicely thickened.
  4. Season to taste.
  5. Spread on thinly sliced bread. HiHo used Pepperidge Farm Thin breads and also cut the crusts off.
  6. Place under broiler and cover with another slice of bread.
  7. Cut into small rectangles or triangles.
  8. Toast gently on both sides.