The June Daring Cooks’ challenge sure kept us rolling – meatballs, that is! Shelley from C Mom Cook and Ruth from The Crafts of Mommyhood challenged us to try meatballs from around the world and to create our own meatball meal celebrating a culture or cuisine of our own choice.
I chose to do another take on my Tunaballs, with a different sauce. The last time I made these Magnificent Tuna meat balls it was a variation of a variation on Jamie Oliver's. This one is a variation on an old Fish Patties recipe of mine, origin unknown, deep in the dark past. An old recipe 3x5 card.
What I like about this version is the utter simplicity, not to mention good taste. Also, utter simplicity, the Creamy Dill Sauce, and just what the Tunaball Dr. ordered to be lopped around and over them. Thank you Nancy for the lovely home-grown dill.
I would say this is a mixed ethnic expression. Like me, and probably many of us, a blend of various cultures and genetic background. There's a bit of the Scandinavian in both the sauce and those fishy balls. Not exactly lutefisk, thank God. Though I'm sure there are a few Norwegians who have made left-over lutefisk into balls or patties. A dollop of Italian in the pasta. Not sure what cuisine uses ground sunflower seeds as a binder? So in celebration of cultural smorgasbords.
Tuna Balls with Creamy Dill Sauce
1 can tuna, drained
1/2 chopped onion
1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice
3/4 cup ground sunflower seeds
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1-2 tablespoons minced dill or sage
2 teaspoons chopped capers
salted preserved lemon, minced
3/4 oz. grated parmesan cheese
Sauté the onion in a bit of oil until translucent. Flake fish in bowl and add remaining ingredients. Mix well and form into balls, squeezing together (wet your hands with a little water). Put the tuna balls onto a baking pan lined with parchment paper and let sit while you preheat your oven to 400F.
Bake for about 20 minutes or 'til lightly golden.
1 cup cream
1/2 cup finely minced fresh dill
1/4 cup white wine
1 egg yolk
salt and pepper to taste
Begin heating 2/3 cup of the cream in a skillet. Meanwhile, beat the egg yolk well into 1/3 cup of the cream, add the wine and whisk into the heated cream. Continue whisking while it simmers, and until thickened. Add the dill and Tuna Balls, then heat through.
Serve with pasta or potatoes, add a bit of salad or maybe some steamed asparagus. I marinated cooked, cooled beets for a salad to go alongside. We enjoyed this Challenge meal. Both the tuna balls and sauce were delicious. Wasn't really much of a challenge though, to tell you the truth. Easy peasy.