I am super excited to tell you guys about a fantastic new cookbook! Cade and Carrian from Oh Sweet Basil have a new cookbook, Our Sweet Basil Kitchen, that was just released yesterday. This husband-and-wife cooking duo are one of my favorites. Carrian is such a beautiful person, inside and out and I am so happy for her and her husband. They did an amazing job with this book and you can tell they are really passionate about cooking and sharing recipes with all of us.
This cookbook is loaded with more than 100 recipes. From the first recipe all the way to the last, your mouth will be watering. There are so many unique flavor combinations and recipe mash-ups. They take recipes that are already delicious up to another level and make them extra-delicious. Like instead of Banana Cream Pie, they created Dulce De Leche Banana Cream Pie and instead of Baked French Toast, you get Peach Cobbler Baked French Toast. Holy yum. Seriously, these recipes all sound amazing and the gorgeous photos will convince you to cook your way through this cookbook in no time and I bet you will be inspired to come up with some of your own unique recipe mash-ups.
Some of the other recipes I can't wait to try are: Pumpkin Spice Pancakes with Cinnamon Syrup, Pea Pasta Salad, Steak Burritos with Grilled Zucchini, Raspberry Lemon Tart Bars and Fudge Brownie Cookies.
I made the Sweet and Sour Meatballs and I am obsessed. These things are so dang good. The last time I attempted to make meatballs, they fell apart and stuck to the pan. This recipe is perfect, because you bake them in the oven and don't have to worry about frying them. Or, they also include instructions for cooking these in the slow cooker.
The meatballs on their own have so much flavor and I am seriously planning on using this meatball recipe for all kinds of other dishes. BUT, when you add this fantastic sweet and sour sauce, they are incredible. A new favorite recipe for sure. I will be making these a lot and I can't wait to find more favorite recipes from this book.
Sweet and Sour Meatballs
From: Our Sweet Basil Kitchen
2 Lbs. ground beef (85/15 mix works best)
2/3 c. panko bread crumbs
2 Tbl. dry minced onion
1 large egg
1/4 c. coconut milk
1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1 Tbl. canola oil
1/3 c. chopped red bell pepper
1/3 c. chopped yellow bell pepper
1/3 c. chopped green bell pepper
1 clove garlic, minced fine
1 1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 c. rice vinegar
1/2 c. ketchup
1/4 c. low-sodium soy sauce
2 c. granulated sugar
1/8 tsp. sesame oil
1/2 (11 oz.) can mandarin oranges, smashed with their juices
2 - 3 Tbl. cornstarch
1/4 c. cold water
sesame seeds, for garnish
green onions, for garnish
rice, for serving
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan. Or, if using a slow cooker, lightly oil the cooking insert. To a large bowl, add ground beef, bread crumbs, onion, egg, coconut milk, ginger, salt and pepper. Mix with your clean hands until just combined. Rub a little oil on your hands and then roll the meat mixture into 1-inch balls (or use a cookie scoop). Place meatballs in prepared baking pan or slow cooker.
Bake 20 minutes in the preheated oven OR set slow cooker to low and bake, covered with sauce, 3-4 hours.
To make the sauce: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the oil, chopped peppers and garlic. Sauté until tender, about 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the onion powder, vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce, sugar and sesame oil. Stir to combine and then add the oranges and juice. Bring to a boil.
Meanwhile, stir the cornstarch and water together and then whisk into the sauce. Bring back to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 10 minutes. Serve over meatballs with sesame seeds and green onions to garnish. Makes around 35 meatballs. Serves: 6