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Smoky Barbecue Chicken

November 25, 2019

So this recipe is from Melissa Clark’s Dinner in an Instant, using an Instant Pot or Slow Cooker.  I realize that you have to have one or the other to make this recipe.  If you are not into another piece of kitchen equipment, I totally understand.  But the Instant Pot is such a good one.  Granted I do store it downstairs in my laundry room because I have no space in my kitchen for it.  But I still think it’s an invaluable tool. I am still learning about it’s many time saving ways: I just made applesauce with it, which was amazing and saved me tons of time.  Anyway, this is one of the recipes from the book with just a few tweeeks (I doubled the sauce ingredients, and used less chipotle chile sauce) and it is soooo good.  A good jumping off point for getting used to your Instant Pot if you are a first time user.  I actually just gave this recipe to someone that had her Instant Pot for awhile and was afraid to get started (me too actually, my daughter held my hand, metaphorically speaking, and I boiled water the first time, hahaha!) and she just reported to me that the recipe was great.  So here goes:

Smoky Barbecue Chicken from Dinner in an Instant by Melissa Clark

2-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup ketchup

2 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar

4 teaspoons molasses

4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon of the sauce from chipotle chile in adobo sauce (try this to start and if not hot enough, chop up some of the chili, add more sauce, according to your heat tolerance, mine happens to be very low)

2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

2 garlic gloves, grated on a Microplane or minced

1-1/2 teaspoons sweet(or hot) smoked paprika (I used sweet)

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder

Season the chicken thighs with the salt and a sprinkling of pepper while you prepare the sauce.

Place in the Instant Pot, the ketchup, brown sugar, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, chipotle chile sauce, vinegar, garlic, paprika, pepper and mustard.  Set the Instant Pot to saute function, stir the ingredients together and simmer until mixture is thick (about 2-3 minutes) stirring occasionally.

Add all the chicken and stir together until the chicken is covered in sauce.

Cover and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.  Let the pressure release naturally.

(Just a tip here about the Instant Pot in general:  getting the pot up to pressure and releasing the pressure takes time.  We ended up eating at 9 pm occasionally because I did not take this into consideration.  Give yourself about an hour and half for this particular recipe.)

Using tongs and then a slotted spoon, remove chicken to a large container (I used a covered glass dish for this).

Set the cooker on the saute function and simmer the sauce until thickened, about 5-10 minutes.

If you like, you can shred the chicken.  Then add some or all of the sauce back into the chicken.  If not putting all the sauce on the chicken you can serve it on the side.

Serve chicken and sauce over rice, on a roll, as is, however you like.

for the slow cooker, Melissa Clark writes this: Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or low for 4 to 5 hours.

Enjoy!

salt and pepper chicken:

sauce ingredients:

add chicken:

pressure cook:

all done:

transfer chicken to dish and add sauce:

 

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Chicken Cacciatore

November 16, 2019

I love Giada DeLaurentiis’ recipes.  Straight forward, simple directions with delicious results, always.  This is a classic dish.  Excellent served right away and even better the next day.

Chicken Cacciatore from Food Network Giada DeLaurentiis (for some reason I can’t link to this recipe, but just put this in the search bar and it will come up right away.  I’m pretty sure she has a video for this recipe, which is always helpful)

4 chicken thighs, with skin and bones

2 chicken breasts, with skin and bones (I used 5 drumsticks, with skin and bones, personal preference)

2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste

1/2 cup  all purpose flour, for dredging

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 large red (or green) bell pepper, sliced

1 large onion, sliced

3 garlic cloves, finely chopped (I use the big holes on my box grater to finely slice, works like a charm)

3/4 cup dry white wine (we always have Sauvignon Blanc, so that is what I use)

1, 28 ounce can diced tomatoes with juice (I used 2, 14 ounce petite diced tomatoes by Hunt)

3/4 cup chicken stock

3 tablespoons drained capers (do not shy away from this ingredient, it is necessary, adds to the great flavor)

1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves

1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves (I do not add this, personal preference

Sprinkle the chicken pieces with 1 teaspoon each of salt and pepper.

Start heating the oil in a very large heavy saucepan over medium heat.  While oil is heating up, dredge the chicken in the flour, setting back down on the cutting board.

Cook the chicken in 2 batches (because you do not want to overcrowd, the chicken will not brown properly), about 5 minutes per side until nicely browned.  Set aside  on a large plate.

Add the bell pepper, onion and garlic to the sauce pan and saute over medium heat until onion is tender, about 5 minutes.

Season with the rest of the salt and 6-7 grounds of fresh pepper.

Add the wine and simmer until reduced by half, about 3 minutes.

Add the tomatoes with their juice, chicken broth, capers and oregano.  Return the chicken pieces to the pan and turn them over to coat with the sauce.  Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook on medium low heat until the chicken is cooked through, about 30 minutes.  You can test with an instant thermometer, it should register 160 degrees or higher.

Using tongs, transfer the chicken to a platter.  If need be (I did not see a need) boil the sauce until it thickens slightly, about 3 minutes.  Spoon the sauce over the chicken.  And if you are doing basil, sprinkle that on top.

Serve with pasta, crusty bread, rice or by itself with a nice crunchy salad.

 

salt and pepper chicken, heat pan, dredge chicken:

cooking chicken:

 

Adding bell pepper, onion and garlic:

 

addling tomatoes, broth, capers and oregano:

chicken back in the pan:

after 30 minutes:

yum:

Granola Biscotti

May 13, 2019

This cookie makes a great snack.  Not too sweet, portable and could be healthy 🙂  It’s my husband’s favorite which I have to make on a regular basis now.

I double the recipe and it works out perfectly.  I tried making 2 very large logs when I doubled the recipe but it really doesn’t work very well.  If you have a double oven, like I do, you can bake both baking sheets of 2 logs each at the same time.  Otherwise bake them separately.  The recipe below is not doubled, it makes two logs.

Also, I tried mixing my way:  adding all the dry ingredients, which included the sugar and then the wet ingredients which included the butter.  Wrong, wrong.  The sugar did not dissolve when I did that.  So follow the instructions.

I highly recommend using a scale.  It makes this recipe a whole lot easier.  Again, this would be a reason to buy one.  If you don’t have one, refer to the King Arthur Flour recipe.  They give you the ingredients using cups.

I just made a few tweaks, mainly oven temperature and times and some of the ingredients.

Granola Biscotti  by King Arthur Flour via Smitten Kitchen 

4-1/2 ounces King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

4-5/8 ounce rolled (whole or Old Fashioned) oats

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 ounces butter, melted

1-3/4 ounces granulated sugar

1-7/8 ounces brown sugar

2 large eggs

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-1/2 ounces pecans or walnuts, chopped

2 ounces shredded sweetened coconut

4 ounces raisins or cranberries

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place parchment paper onto a rimmed cookie sheet.

In a small/medium bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  In a separate large bowl, whisk together the melted butter and sugars.  Then whisk in eggs and vanilla.  Stir in the dry ingredients and then the nuts, coconut and raisins or cranberries to make a stiff batter.

Using a large ice cream scoop (see picture), divide dough onto parchment lined cookie sheet.  Using wet hands, shape the dough into 2 logs.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until lightly golden brown and beginning to form cracks.

Remove from oven and let cool completely.

When logs are completely cool (about an hour), transfer to a cutting board.  Using a serrated knife cut into 1/2 to 3/4 inch pieces and place on cookie sheet with a fresh piece of parchment paper.  Bake for 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and cool completely.  Store in an airtight container.

The pictures below are from doubling the recipe, but same idea if only doing once the recipe.

prepping rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper:

flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt:

melted butter and sugars:

nuts, coconut and raisins or cranberries:

mix everything together:

portion the dough evenly using an ice cream scoop:

using wet hands, form into logs:

bake:

when completely cool, place on cutting board:

and cut:

and bake again:

yum!

 

Cranberry Pecan Muffins

February 5, 2019

So these are absolutely delicious.   Sweet and tart at the same time.  Yum!

This recipe is from America’s Test Kitchen, which as you may or may not know, you need a subscription to their site to get their recipes.  Not all.  Some you can get on Instagram if you follow them.  But they are only available for a short period of time.  Anyway I can’t link you to the recipe because…….you need a subscription.

Also they are somewhat tedious to make for muffins.  This was my sink after making them:

These are muffins.  My sink looks like I made a 3 layer cake, with filling, frosting and then I decorated it!  Not my idea of a sink for muffins.  In my eyes, muffins are a one bowl deal and no more than 30 minutes of prep.  So be prepared to give yourself some time for these muffins but they are definitely worth it and worth the extra dishes.

And there are many steps to this muffin AND you have to wait 30 minutes for the dough to absorb before adding the cranberries and moving on to the very important part of putting them in the muffin tins.

You also need a Food Processor for this recipe.  If you don’t have one, borrow one.  This recipe is not possible without one.

The only thing I did to change this recipe was to decrease the cooking temperature.  425 degrees which the recipe states, to me is not a muffin temperature.  I fooled around quite a bit with the temperature on top of trying to make the recipe easier to make.  The only success I had was the temperature.  Because it is an America’s Test Kitchen recipe, the steps need to be followed.

Maybe it would be better to treat these muffins as a 3 layer cake with all the fixings.  They are worth it because they are that delicious.  Just make sure to give yourself plenty of time to make them.  😉

CRANBERRY PECAN MUFFINS from America’s Test Kitchen

Streusal Topping

3 tablespoons flour

4 teaspoons sugar

1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar

2 tablespoons butter, cut up

pinch of slat

1/2 cup (60 grams) pecan halves or pieces (I think the pieces are cheaper, that’s fine because they get chopped up anyway)

Muffins

1-1/3 cups (6-2/3 ounces) flour

1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

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1-1/4 cups (150 grams) pecan halves or pieces, toasted (bake pecans in 350 degree oven for 5 minutes)

1 cup plus 1 tablespoon (7-1/2 ounces) granulated sugar

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2 large eggs

6 tablespoons butter, melted (microwave in microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds, stir and then add 10-15 seconds if needed)

1/2 cup milk, whole, 2%, whatever you have

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2 cups (200 grams) cranberries, these can be fresh or frozen.  You can only get fresh in the Fall.  Buy them in the Fall and freeze.

1 tablespoon confectioners sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

 

For the Streusel:

Process flour, sugar, brown sugar, butter and salt in food processor until mixture resembles coarse sand.  Just keep pulsing until this is achieved.  Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.

For the Muffins:

Spray a 12 cup muffin tin with baking spray with flour (like Pam with Flour).

Whisk flour, baking powder, 3/4 teaspoon salt together in a medium bowl and set aside.

Place toasted pecans and sugar in food processor and pulse until mixture resembles coarse sand.  Just keep pulsing until this is achieved.  Transfer mixture to a large bowl and then whisk in eggs, butter and milk until combine.  Whisk flour mixture into egg mixture until just moistened and no streaks of flour remain.  Set batter aside for 30 minutes to thicken.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Pulse cranberries, confectioner sugar and 1/4 teaspoon salt in food processor until cranberries are chopped up in smallish sizes.  Using rubber spatula, fold cranberries into batter.  Using an ice cream scoop, divide batter equally among muffin cups.  Sprinkle the streusel topping evenly over the muffins and gently press streusel into batter to make sure it has adhered.  Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until muffins when inserted with a toothpick, comes out clean and muffins are firm to the touch.  (mine took about 27 minutes but each oven is different.  Start to test at 25 minutes.  They should start ever so slightly browning on the edges).  Cool muffins on wire cooling rack for 10 minutes and then very gently remove muffins from muffin tin.  Let cool completely before serving.

I put mine in the refrigerator, into 2 large plastic containers with lids.  They are still good after 1 week and I only have 3 left.  Freezing might change the texture of the muffins and streusel topping.

Streusel:

Finished streusel, set aside:

Prep muffin tin:

Flour mixture:

Toasted pecans: I love parchment paper 🙂

Toasted pecans and sugar:

Add eggs, butter, milk:

Add flour mixture:

Let sit 30 minutes:

Processing cranberries with confectioner sugar and salt:

Add to batter:

Measure batter into muffin tins and sprinkle with streusel topping:

Press streusel topping onto batter:

Out of the oven and cooling:

Yum:

 

 

 

 

 

Butterscotch Brownies

August 29, 2018

Butterscotch Brownies, Butterscotch Blondies, Blondies, Blond Brownies:  so many names.

I have been searching for a really good recipe and this came to my attention earlier this year.  And I think what makes these the best, is browning the butter and sprinkling the batter with flaky salt.  So yummy…….

I don’t believe in putting any add ins and/or mix ins into the quintessential Blondie.  My personal opinion here.  I may change my mind in the future but for now I will leave adding anything to the batter up to you.  Suggestions are on the bottom of the recipe.

I also really appreciate that the recipe has weights as well.  I encourage you all to get a scale and use it.

So, unfortunately I cannot access the original recipe for you because it’s on The New York Times Cooking website which you now need a subscription.  Didn’t need one when I printed the recipe in February.  😦   So I am writing this exactly how Yossy Arefi had it.  You can check out her blog, too:   www.apt2bakingco.com.  Unfortunately this recipe is not in it but she has some other great ones in there.  So sorry about this, against my blogging ethics not to have the original recipe linked.

Butterscotch Blondies by Yossy Arefi, The New York Times Cooking

1 cup (227 grams) unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the pan  (I use salted butter in ALL my recipes, I can’t tell the difference, up to you here which one 🙂  Also I never grease the pan with butter, I always use canola oil spray)

1-1/2 cups (330 grams) dark brown sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1-3/4 cups (224 grams) all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Any mix-in you like (see NOTE)

1/4 teaspoon flaky salt (optional but I don’t think so)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray or butter 9 x 9 inch baking pan with canola oil spray.  Line with parchment paper (see picture below for a guide).

Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium heat.  Cook butter, occasionally scraping the bottom and sides of the pan with a heat proof rubber spatula (I also like to move the pan in a circular motion instead of using the spatula until the very end) until it turns deep golden brown and smells nutty (I never smell the nutty smell, oh well :/ )  DO NOT WALK AWAY from the pan during this process.  The butter can go from brown and nutty to acrid and burnt in mere moments.  ( I can attest to this, it has happened and then you have to throw butter OUT (yikes) and start all over.)  Transfer the butter and all the brown bits from the pan to a large heat-safe bowl to cool slightly.  (When I first made brown butter, I threw out the brown bits:  hahaha!)

When the butter is cool (I usually measure out the other ingredients after I have browned the butter and by the time I am finished, the butter is cool enough), add the sugar and whisk until smooth (if you find this difficult (I do) use a hand held mixer to do the mixing).  Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until well combined.

Fold in the flour, baking powder and salt along with any mix-ins, with a rubber spatula, until well combined and no streaks of flour remain in the batter.

Pour batter into prepared pan, smooth the top and sprinkle with flaky salt, if desired.

Bake the blondies until set and slightly puffy, 20-27 minutes.  For gooey blondies, err on the short side of the baking time.  (I bake mine for 24 minutes)  Cool before slicing.

NOTE:  Add ins

1 cup chopped white or milk chocolate

1 cup toasted chopped nuts

1/2 cup toasted unsweetened coconut

1/2 cup dried whole cherries or apricots, chopped

1/4 cup crumbled halva

2 tablespoon bourbon or rum or 1 tablespoon espresso powder, mixed in with butter and sugar

Sprinkle of cinnamon or cardamom, mixed in with the butter and sugar.

Swirl in 2 to 4 tablespoons Nutella, peanut butter or tahini into the top of the batter before baking.

 

Spray pan with Pam or something equivalent.  I use these Cookie baking sheets all the time.  Cut one in half and both halves fit perfectly into the 9″x 9″ pan.

how to brown butter:

start melting the butter:

it will get foamy:

and then start to clear up:

then it will get slightly foamy again and start to turn brown, it should look like this:

then pour into a heat proof bowl:

mise en place:

add sugar, then eggs and vanilla:

Fold in flour mixture (and add ins if you are adding):

until smooth:

pour into prepared pan:

sprinkle with flaky salt (this was not very good, try to sprinkle it evenly, not like me):

out of the oven:

when completely cool, place brownie on cutting board:

remove the parchment paper:

and cut into bars:

yum!

Super Chocolatey Cookies

January 23, 2018

These are the most chocolatey cookies I have ever made so far.  They are SO good, even when they are STALE they are good.  Just sayin’.

So the first time I made these I was a sticky chocolatey mess, so heed the refrigeration recommendation.  They are definitely needed.  And don’t get lazy and substitute chips for the chopped chocolate.  Get a bar of yummy Ghiradelli chocolate and chop into nice chunks.

The original recipe name is Super Chocolatey Buttons but these are not button size.  They are about twice the size because they make about 30 cookies versus the 60-65 yield in the original recipe.  The baking is a bit longer but not much.  I just don’t have a cookie scoop that small.

I followed the recipe exact except I really don’t like the look of the cookie after rolling it in the cocoa. I think it’s an extra step that’s not really needed.  If you choose to go that route, use a less expensive cocoa to roll them in and save your more expensive brand for the cookie dough.  I did do both:  just confectioners sugar and confectioners sugar and cocoa so you could see which one you liked.  With just the confectioners sugar they do look like snowflake cookies, so I don’t know, you decide: haha!  I was also thinking of rolling them in white sprinkles:  wouldn’t that be interesting!  They would look like chocolate nonpareils!

Super Chocolatey Cookies (from Food Network)

4 ounces of butter

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped (Ghiradelli is my preferred brand)

8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped in chip size pieces (Ghiradelli again here)

1-1/2 cups sugar

1 cup brown sugar

4 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 tablespoon buttermilk (you might be able to get away with milk here as a substitute but I have not tried that)

1 cup flour

1/2 cup cocoa powder (Valrhona is my favorite:  Whole Foods or Amazon)

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 cup confectioners sugar, for rolling

1/2 cup cocoa powder, for rolling, optional (like Hershey’s which is readily available at supermarkets)

Whisk together the flour, 1/2 cup cocoa powder (Valrhona or comparable) and salt in a medium bowl.

Place eggs, vanilla and buttermilk into a medium bowl.

Place butter, unsweetened chocolate and 4 ounces of semisweet chocolate in a microwave safe medium bowl.  Microwave for 1 minute on high.  Stir for 1 minute until ingredients are completely combined.  If there is still a bit of lumpy chocolate left, microwave for 10 seconds only, and stir again.

Pour melted chocolate mixture into a mixing bowl of a stand mixer and start mixing on low with the paddle.  Add the white and brown sugars and mix for 1 minute.  Add the eggs/vanilla/buttermilk and mix until thick and glossy, about 2-3 minutes.

Add the flour mixture  and beat on low speed until almost combined.  Then add in the 1/2 chip size semi sweet chocolate and mix until just combined.  Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Scoop out refrigerated dough into generous 1 tablespoon balls or use the purple cookie scoop from King Arthur flour to form the balls.  Place balls onto a smaller rimmed cookie sheet (that will fit in your refrigerator) that has been lined with parchment paper.  Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Half way in the second refrigeration, turn your oven on to 350 degrees.

Place 1/4 cup confectioners sugar in a small bowl.  Place 1/2 cup of supermarket brand cocoa powder in another small bowl, if using.

Place parchment paper on rimmed cookie sheet.

When hour is up, take one ball and place in confectioners sugar, covering with sugar.  Remove coated cookie ball and do the same with the cocoa powder (if using) and place on prepared cookie sheet.  Continue with the other balls of cookie dough, placing about 2 inches apart.  Take the uncoated balls and put them back in the refrigerator.  Place cookie sheet in oven and bake for about 12-15 minutes, turning cookie sheet mid way.  They should still be soft in the middle when done.  Place cookie sheet on cooling rack and let cool for 5 minutes.  Then remove cookies onto a cooling rack to cool completely.  Repeat with the rest of the cookie balls.

melted chocolate mixture and sugars:

and beat for 1 minute:

add egg mixture and beat 2-3 minutes:

flour, cocoa powder and salt:

mix into batter and then add chunks of semisweet chocolate:

cover and place in refrigerator:

cookie balls formed and then go into refrigerator for another hour:

coating with just confectioners sugar:

coating in confectioners sugar and then cocoa powder:

baked with just the confectioners sugar coating:

baked with confectioners sugar and cocoa powder coating:

cooling:

yum!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lamb Meatballs with Spiced Tomato Sauce

January 17, 2018

I love that this recipe uses lamb instead of beef for meatballs and uses a mix of spices to enhance that flavor.  Smells great too.

I tweaked a little bit on the recipe but not much: I used crushed tomatoes instead of whole tomatoes.  They get crushed anyway in the recipe, so why add another step?  I omitted Rosemary and Red Pepper Flakes because I’m not a fan but please feel free to add them if you like.  The quantities are in the original recipe that has been linked.  And don’t omit the Feta Cheese OR the Mint.  I  think it finishes off this dish perfectly.

I served this over rice and my son used the meatballs as a filling for a sandwich served on crusty bread.  There is not a great deal of sauce so I think rice is the way to go rather than pasta.  Mashed potatoes sounds good to me too as well as polenta.

Lamb meatballs with Spiced Tomato Sauce (from New York Times Cooking)

meatballs:

1 medium onion, finely diced

1/4 cup heavy cream

2 egg yolks

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon cumin

pinch cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 cup bread crumbs

1/4 cup finely chopped parsley

2 pounds ground lamb

sauce:

1-28 ounce can crushed tomatoes

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 medium onion, finely diced

1/4 teaspoon thyme

1/2 teaspoon cumin

pinch cinnamon

pinch cayenne pepper

1 bay leaf

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1-3 inch strip of orange peel

1/4 cup orange juice, from small orange that you got the peel from

1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

topping:

4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

2 tablespoon finely diced mint leaves

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a very large bowl, put the ingredients for the meatballs:  onion through parsley.  Mix thoroughly.  Add ground lamb and with a large fork stir to combine. Mix until you see the other ingredients evenly dispersed in the lamb.   Try not to mix too heavily or the meatballs will be dense and hard.

Place parchment paper onto a cookie baking sheet with sides.  Form lamb mixture into 1-1/2 to 2 inch balls and place on prepared baking sheet.  Cook in oven for 20 minutes.

While lamb is cooking, prep for the sauce.  In a large saucepan heat olive oil over medium high heat.  Add onion, thyme, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne and bay leaf and saute for 5 to 7 minutes until onions are translucent.  Add tomatoes, sugar, orange peel, orange juice, salt and pepper.   Reduce heat to medium low and cook for about 8 to 10 minutes.  Set aside.

When lamb is done, using a slotted spoon, place meatballs into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.  Remove bay leaf and orange strip and pour tomato sauce over top and bake in oven for 15-20 minutes.

Remove from oven and top with feta cheese and mint leaves.

onion through parsley in large bowl:

mix thoroughly:

add lamb:

mix lightly but completely:

form into balls and place on parchment lined baking sheet:

sauce ingredients:

topping:

cook onions, thyme, cumin, cayenne, bay leaf for sauce:

add tomatoes, sugar, orange peel, juice, salt and pepper and simmer:

sauce complete:

lamb cooked and put into 9 x 13 baking dish:

cover with the sauce and bake in the oven:

lamb meatballs done, then top with the feta and mint and serve:

yum: