Ugly Duckling Meatballs But Don’t Let the Looks Fool You

These meatballs‘ look can deceive you and make you look the other way. But  do not judge the book by its cover. In this case, do not judge the meatball with its spinach cover because this meatballs my friends, are juicy and uber delicious. I called it an “hmmm”  meatballs. I have made this four times already and I am not surprise that I still like them and is thinking about these meatballs when they are gone. It is like churned into the recesses of my brain. It is the steaming that made these meatballs unique in taste.

Filipino Steamed Meatball Recipe with lot of juice and spinach coating
Filipino Steamed Meatball Recipe with lot of juice and spinach coating

I know this meatballs are kind of different . They are not the usual meatballs that you see around, nor are often serve in your dinner table because they are steamed meatballs. I want to make a little twist of the usual meatballs and it took me a lot of guts to post this because to be honest, this meatballs look spooky. They are dark and simply ugly. As I was writing this post, it crossed my mind that these meatballs should be shared during the Halloween because of its looks; but with the spinach and the onions rolled into them, the health benefits of these meatballs  are up to the ceiling . These ugly duckling meatballs are beyond better than how they look.

Filipino Steamed Meatball Recipe with lot of juice and spinach coating

This morning, I accidentally looked at my reflection at the  mirror. Nowadays, I seldom , okay, I refuse to look at my reflection because I always see the specks of blackheads embedded on top  my nose and  the ever growing number of wrinkles on the side of my eyes. Ahhh,  I do not want to even talk about it. To be honest, I feel like these meatballs. I feel like an ugly duckling. And that feeling just got validated of what I saw today. Crap!

Filipino Steamed Meatball Recipe with lot of juice and spinach coating

BEAUTY. When you are in my age – which I refuse to share by the way, but I will give you a clue – I am in the transitional stage, oops, did I just give away my age?

As I was saying,  when you are at my age, topics  about looks just get so tricky. I am getting curious about botox and I am more critical abut plastic surgery – which I realized was a feign emotion for curiosity. And so many times than not, mirror has become an enemy.  Now, I consider it as a nemesis ( I can now understand why the bad queen is jealous of snow white – she was in transition). Mirrors just emphasize  the ever growing insecurity of growing old, and it became a form of physical criticism than joy.

Looking deeply, I realized that I do not abhor the mirror. I abhor what the mirror shows – in my case, wrinkles -which means old age. When I talk about old age, I associate it with great wisdom and enormous strength sharpened from various experiences. Old age makes me ask the questions  that really matter and I face the truth of fear of what  could be the answers to those questions: What have I done in my life?, Did I live good enough? or, Will I have time to reverse that past and move on? Will I be able to face the future with pride and honor? Will I live a good legacy? I realize that  I should look at the mirror head on and look beyond my wrinkles. I have to look deeply into my heart and peel its  covering. And just like these meatballs, beauty is indeed way beyond its covering…

Filipino Steamed Meatball Recipe with lot of juice and spinach coating
Meatball Recipe

How about you? Was there a time or moment in which you feel not pretty enough or capable enough? Share it with me in the comment section. ALSO CHECK THIS STEP BY STEP PHOTO ON HOW TO BLANCH VEGETABLE THAT SHOWED HOW I BLANCH MY SPINACH.

Spinach Meatballs
Servings:18 • Serving Size: 1 meatball• Old Points: 1 • Points+:2 • Calories :57• Fat: 4.3 g • Protein: 3.4g • Carb:1.1 g • Fiber: g • Sugar: g • Sodium: 41mg
  • ½ lb ground lean pork
  • 1 small egg
  • 1 pc. sausage Original Bratwurst, sliced into small pieces
  • 1 small onion (around ½ cup chopped onion)
  • ½ inch ginger root, chopped
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 3 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 3 handful of spinach,blanch
  • salt ( optional after the meatballs were steamed)
  1. Blanch the spinach and set aside. TO BLANCH THE SPINACH: Wash the spinach and remove the stalks and put it in a strainer.Prepare a medium bowl with water and ice in it. Set aside. Boil 5-6 cups of water in a medium size sauce pan. When the water is boiled, blanch/ dip the spinach in a boiling water for 10 seconds or more ( you want the spinach a bit wilted) then dip the spinach into a bowl of prepared iced water for it to stop overcooking. Drain the spinach well, pressing out as much moisture as possible. Set aside.
  2. Put the ground pork into a medium sized bowl.Remove Bratwurst sausage from it casing and slice into small pieces and add into the bowl with the pork. Add in the sesame oil, egg, chopped onion,chopped ginger root and cornstarch.Using your hand, mix the ingredients. Form the mixture into small meatballs and roll or coat the spinach around the meatballs . Sometimes, you have to spread open the blanch spinach to cover the meatballs . Place the meatballs in a heatproof plate in the base of a steamer and sprinkle the sesame seed on top. Cover and stem for 8 to 10 minutes until cooked through and tender. IF you want, add a dash of salt when the meatballs are cook.


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