Today I commented on my coworker's outfit, and told her that I thought Stacy and Clinton would be proud of the cute ensembles she always puts together. She replied, "Today I'm actually combining color, texture, pattern and shine - just like they suggest!" Is anyone else sad that What Not to Wear is over?
I've had a silly fantasy for a while, that I would randomly run into them while out on errands. I would, conveniently, have put on a totally adorable outfit that morning - which they would, of course, gush over - and then we'd go get coffee together and chat like old friends. After which, they would buy me a beautiful new winter coat. I love coats. Since I'm always freezing in the winter, I at least want to look fashionable while staying warm.
This morning while I was getting dressed for work, I was mulling over the list of caterers I needed to contact for quotes for our wedding. The thought of consulting with caterers made me feel like quite a grown up, and I decided I needed a new, grown up hairstyle, other than the messy, half-loop through a rubber band up-do I've been falling back on since I was 20 when I don't want to wear my hair down.
First, I tried the "bow" up-do, which might look adorable on a 5-year old girl, but looked ridiculous on me, so I quickly pulled that down. So instead, I tried to attempt a French twist. I got my hair wrapped up in a semblance of a French twist that didn't look half bad, but with 37 bobby pins poking my scalp, I ripped them out, shook out my curls and gave up on the up-do. Maybe I'll try the French twist another time. I can tell it will take practice.
What does any of this have to do with today's recipe for Parmesan Potato Pork Bites, you might be wondering? Well, frankly nothing. I could try to segue into the topic of grown up mashed potato bites - the "french twist of mashed potatoes" if you will - but that feels a little awkward and forced. Make them, though. I think you'll like them...
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Parmesan Potato Pork Bites
- 1/2 pound ground pork
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 shallot, minced
- 2 russet potatoes
- 1 teaspoon coarse black pepper
- 4-6 tablespoons milk or cream
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
- 1 egg, lightly beaten.
- 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
- olive oil spray
Cook the pork in a skillet over medium heat until browned and crumbly. Add the minced garlic and shallot and cook for another minute or two, then remove from the heat.
Meanwhile, peel and chop the potatoes. Boil until tender. Drain. In a bowl, combine the pork mixture, potatoes, pepper, milk/cream and half the Parmesan and mash until the mixture holds together. Taste and season with salt, if needed. Cool in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes until cool enough to handle.
Preheat the oven to 400.
Beat the egg in a small bowl; in a separate bowl, combine the remaining Parmesan with the Panko. Shape the potato mixture into balls, dip in the egg and then coat in the bread crumbs. Place balls on a baking sheet lined with a wire rack that's greased with olive oil spray. Once all the balls are made, spray the balls lightly with the olive oil spray.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and crisp. Serve hot, with honey or your favorite dipping sauce, such as a garlic aioli.
Yields about 3 dozen balls.
Recipe from Curly Girl Kitchen