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Lighter Healthier Twice Cooked Potatoes with Jicama Recipe


Twice Cooked Potatoes and Jicama

Maybe you’ve already tried twice cooked fries and found them incredibly crisp but creamy on the inside? Do you know that you can boil potatoes and then crisp them up in the oven and they turn out more delicious than fried potatoes? They aren’t as crisp as fries because they aren’t fried but they come out with a more delicious potato flavor. Do you know that you can cook jicama? Well jicama is considered a super food and it’s very healthy with lots of nutrition and fiber. Jicama is also very low in calories. Jicama in my parts is normally eaten raw because it’s delightedly crispy with a mild sweet flavor. Many people describe it like a cross between an apple and a potato but I think it’s more like a cross between a pear and a water chestnut. I treated a pound of potatoes and jicama the same. First they were boiled for about 15 minutes in salted water. (till the potatoes were fork tender) then they got drained and placed on non-stick sprayed baking sheet(s). I gave them a good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Then they went in a 350 degree F oven for about 45 minutes. Fresh cracked sea salt and black pepper were applied. The potatoes are the most delicious potatoes and do have much better flavor than a fried potato. The jicama is a surprise treat. The jicama doesn’t compete with the potatoes but it adds interest. The jicama adds a slight sweetness and a different texture. Almost like a meaty pear.

Ingredients for about 6 servings

1 lb potatoes  – waxy taste better (my favorite are red skin yellows) – peeled – cut in about inch size pieces

1 lb jicama – peeled – cut smaller than inch size pieces

Tablespoon salt – sea salt or kosher salt (heaping for boiling the potatoes and jicama)

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

sea salt – fresh ground to taste

black pepper – fresh ground to taste

non – stick spray (canola or vegetable)


Turn oven on to roast at 350 degrees F. Get out the baking sheet(s) and spray it with non – stick spray.

Put the potatoes, jicama and tablespoon of salt in a sauce pan. Cover the vegetables well with water and bring to a boil. Boil until the potatoes are fork tender about 15 minutes. Drain.

Place the drained potatoes and jicama on the sprayed baking sheet(s) in one layer with a little room around each piece.

Let roast until the potatoes have a nice color. (about 45 minutes)

Apply fresh ground sea salt and black pepper.


Twice Cooked Potatoes and Jicama

The jicama lightens up the side of potatoes and makes them much healthier for you too. The potatoes are extra tasty this way too!

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Macaroni and Cheese Style Potato Casserole Recipe


Macaroni and Cheese Style Casserole

Macaroni and Cheese Style Casserole

I have  a bunch of potatoes I needed to use to I made a casserole so I could freeze the leftovers. I made a potato casserole that taste like macaroni and cheese. I didn’t use any orange cheese but the seasonings I use turn the white sauce orange. My recipe sounds spicy but I assure you it isn’t. You need to add a lot of seasoning and flavors to a potato casserole because the potatoes really absorb salt and pepper like nothing. I didn’t use non-fat milk or a scant amount of butter to cut calories. Instead I choose to make the sauce rich with lots of cheese. You have to decide on what you want when you make a cheese sauce because the more fat you add to the sauce the less cheese you have to use because your sauce can only take so much fat or it breaks. Sorry I couldn’t get the best pictures. The casserole is very creamy and cheesy with a tasty crust….but hard for me to photo.

Ingredients for about 20 servings

2 cups non-fat milk

1/4 cup cornstarch

1 oz unsalted butter

8 oz mature English Cheddar – shredded – (I like Coastal Brand from Costco)

4 oz mild provolone – this usually comes sliced that’s ok or shred

1/2 cup parmesan – shredded

1 1/2 Tablespoons aged cayenne pepper sauce (preferably Frank’s Red Hot)

1/2 teaspoon Hungarian Paprika

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper

2 large eggs – beaten

1 large sweet onion – sliced very thin on a mandolin

1 Tablespoon course sea salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

3 pounds potatoes (about…after peeling and removing spots I might have had less)

non-stick spray preferably canola or vegetable)

1 cup panko – for topping

1 cup parmesan – for topping

1 teaspoon Hungarian Pepper – for topping

pinch cayenne pepper – for topping

pinch white pepper – for topping


Set oven to 350 degrees F. Get a large baking dish or half pan. Spray the baking vessel with non-stick spray and have a piece of aluminum foil also sprayed with non-stick spray that will stretch across the pan and won’t stick to the food.

Melt butter in a medium size pot on medium heat and then whisk in milk and cornstarch. Keep whisking so you don’t get lumps and keep it going till mixture is thick and it is bubbling. Next turn down the heat to low and stir in the cheeses. Then add the pepper sauce, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne, 1/8 teaspoon white pepper and take off the heat and stir. Set to the side.

In a large bowl slice the onion very thin. Add the 1 Tablespoon sea salt and the black pepper. Mix. Do one peeled potato at a time over the onion mixture. When you are done each potato mix it threw the onions. The onions will keep the potato slices from browning and the seasoning will spread evenly. Keep going till you have finished the potatoes.

In a small bowl beat the eggs well and add them to the cheese sauce that should be just warm now. Pour the cheese sauce over the potatoes. Mix and pour mixture into the sprayed pan.

In a medium bowl mix together the remaining ingredients panko, parmesan, paprika, cayenne, white pepper and spread evenly over contents.

Cover with the sprayed foil. (clean side up and sprayed side goes against food)

After about 90 minutes in the oven it should be cooked threw and look like this. (you might want to check it at about 75 minutes)

You should let it cool a little bit before you serve.

I tried to show the layers of potatoes and the creamy cheese in-between. (it’s cold here)

“It smells Forking Delicious…Why can’t I eat any?’

Macaroni and Cheese Style Casserole

#CROWDPLEASER about 98% of the population will find this delicious!

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Korean Style Pickled Cauliflower Recipe



Korean Style Pickled Cauliflower

I was reading a recipe about Korean Style Pickles and I thought I could do my spin on Korean Style Pickled Cauliflower. It’s very easy to prepare. Simply wash and break down the cauliflower in bite size pieces and place in a gallon zip lock bag. Then mix together the ingredients for the sauce and pour over the cauliflower. Shake the bag to coat the cauliflower, Place in the refrigerator. A few times distribute the sauce around the cauliflower let it sit over night in the refrigerator. The next day dress with a little scallion and a small amount of Korean Shredded red pepper. Overnight a lot of liquid comes out of the cauliflower and it shrinks and gets tender crisp and sucks up the flavor from the sauce. If you are a fan of Korean Food you should be a fan of this cauliflower. I thought of the cauliflower as a light but flavorful vegetable dish but my husband would prefer the Korean Style Cauliflower paired with rice, eggs and Korean style beef.

Ingredients for about 6 servings

1 medium cauliflower – cleaned up and broken down into bite size pieces

1 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar

1 Tablespoon gochujang

2 Tablespoons sugar

2 Tablespoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon sesame oil

2 garlic cloves – ground to paste

1 Tablespoon black vinegar

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

pinch red pepper flakes

one scallion – to use next day – sliced thin

pinch Korean red pepper threads


Broken down cauliflower goes in a gallon ziplock plastic bag. Set a side.

In a small bowl combine everything remaining except for the scallions and Korean Red Pepper Threads.

Pour mixture in bowl into the bag of cauliflower and work the liquid all around.

Let it sit on the counter for a half hour to get the juices flowing.

Now place in the refrigerator. Turn the bag over every few hours during the day.

Leave in the refrigerator over night and the next day the cauliflower is ready to serve.

When ready to serve dress with some scallions and some Korean red pepper threads.

Korean Style Pickled Cauliflower

Serve with Korean Style Beef, rice and some soft eggs if you like!

Very flavorful and tasty!

Korean Style Pickled Cauliflower

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7 lbs Eye Roast at 500 degrees 18 minutes cooking time Recipe


Eye Roast

Eye Roast is one of the easiest cuts of beef to prepare delicious, tender and moist. It also was on sale this past week at Safeway for $2.77 a lb for Angus Choice. I like the method that’s been around forever to cook the eye roast at 500 degrees. The beef must be in 3-4 pound pieces and then you oil and season the beef. After 15-20 minutes in the 500 degree F oven you shut it off and just leave the beef sit there for 2- 21/2 hours and wa la you got some easy tasty juicy tender beef. My trick is that I make a rack of vegetables under the beef and I use a great blend of delicious seasoning.  This isn’t the kind of recipe were you need to measure. Just wing it and it will come out great!

ingredients for about 20 servings

7 pound eye roast cut in half

1/3 cup (about) canola oil

1/4 cup kosher salt (about)

2 Tablespoons black pepper (about)

2 Tablespoons granulated garlic (about)

2 Tablespoons smoked paprika (about)

pinch ground cloves

1 large onion – cut in thick slices

12 large cloves garlic – smashed

2 celery ribs – cut in sticks

2 large carrots – cut in sticks


Set oven to 500 degrees F

Split the vegetables in two 1/2 pans

Cut a 7 lb eye roast in half and blot it dry and then rub with oil.

Put all the spices in a bowl and mix.

Sprinkle the spices all over the eye roasts and place each eye roast in a pan.

Place in the oven for 18-20 minutes. If you have a 4 lb piece you need about 20 minutes. After 20 minutes just shut the oven off and DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR. You need to leave in the oven till the meat is about 140 degrees F. Mine took 2 1/2 hours.

“OH MY!” “That smells FORKING GREAT!” “I FORKING need some!”

“He has no Forking manners.” “Yes, it does smell great but it needs to rest so I will rest too and then ME and the eye roast will be ready for each other!.”

Eye Roast

Let the meat rest about a half hour after you remove it from the oven.

Easy and maybe the best beef you ever roasted.

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Got LOTS of Tomatoes & Eggplants make Alla Norma Recipe


Alla Norma

I sort of almost was gifted with a whole box of not so great tomatoes…you know the supermarket round cardboard tasting like kind…..and 8 small eggplants that were firm but were starting to rot near the tops so I either had to trash them or do a bit of work and make something delicious out of them.

To make the tomatoes delicious- they had to be cored and peeled.

Then I cut the tomatoes in thirds. The tomatoes were sprinkled lightly with sea salt and some extra virgin olive oil in half pans. The pans were put in a 225 degree F oven for 8 hours and reduced some.

While the tomatoes were doing their thing in the oven I used my other oven for the eggplants. I usually fry the eggplant for this dish but the eggplant always absorbs a lot of oil so I did the eggplant two ways on the oven to use less oil.

But first I sauté –

2 Tablespoons olive oil

3 green bell peppers – chopped

1 large sweet onion – chopped

5 red jalapeños – almost fine chopped

7 large garlic cloves – fine chopped

1 Tablespoon course sea salt.

I sautéed them till soft.


1 1/2 cup dry white wine – let it reduce – put to the side

6 of the eggplants I cut in cubes and sprinkled with extra virgin olive oil. They went in a 500 degree F oven. I checked on them about every 15 minutes and mixed them up so they could get caramelized all over.

The other 2 eggplants I cut in half long ways and made cross hatch marks on them and also sprinkled them with extra virgin olive oil. They went in the same oven with the other eggplants at 500 degrees F for an hour.

They get scooped out like a mango or avocado. They have a buttery texture and more char taste.

In a pot add  the sautéd vegetables.

Season with –

1/4 cup sugar

1 Tablespoon ground aleppo pepper

1 teaspoon Hungarian sweet pepper

1 Tablespoon ground Urfa Biber Chili pepper

Add the eggplants

At this point the eggplant is very delicious and you just might want to use the eggplant as a bread dip.


The tomatoes aren’t done yet so you will put away the eggplant mixture. Tomorrow you finish.

After 8 hours I put the tomatoes away for the next day.

Day two-

I put the tomatoes in a 8 quart pot and cook them down some more on medium low heat for a few hours. These tomatoes are still not the meatiest or have the best flavor so I add two small cans of tomato paste and let the pot go another maybe three hours. Added a small amount of sugar.


I add the eggplant mixture and let it cook together for about an hour.

added a small palm full of dried oregano

and a small palm full of dried basil

At this point it FORKING DELICIOUS so I let it cool on the counter and then put in containers for most to go off to the freezer.

Alla Norma

I know most people wouldn’t season the eggplant with Aleppo, Urfa biber and paprika but those ingredients make eggplant shine. My husband normally hates eggplant but when he tasted the sauce he said “That REALLY IS DELICIOUS” If you use better tasting salts and better tasting peppers your food will turn out more delicious! For the next few days my husband kept saying that is really GOOD Norma Sauce.

Alla Norma topped with a little parmesan and home made fresh ricotta

This kind of sauce is usually served with pasta and Italian cheese but you can serve it however the Fork you want.

Forking Delicious!

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Jicama Carrot and Mango Slaw Recipe


Jicama Carrot and Mango Slaw

I was reading about salsa and learned of carrot salsa and other salsas so I came up with something different that’s a slaw. There isn’t any difference in salsa and slaw it’s just the way you cut the vegetables. This slaw is light and refreshing with a little sweet from the mango and jicama and a little heat too. Jicama is a fruity crisp vegetable. Some people describe it as a cross between an apple and a potato but I think it taste and crunch more like a cross between a pear and a water chestnut. I used my pickled jalapeño to zip up the slaw but if you don’t have good pickled jalapeños you can just use a fresh one instead. For best results and flavors let the salad rest in the refrigerator a few hours before serving. This slaw can be served cold or warmed up.

Ingredients for about 4 servings

1/2 a medium/small jicama (about 8 oz) -shredded

4 medium carrots – peeled and shredded – I used rainbow carrots

2 small yellow mangos – thin slices

8 grape tomatoes – cut in quarters

1/4 cup scallion – thin slices

1/4 cup fresh cilantro – chopped

1 pickled jalapeno – my recipe is preferred – chopped fine

2 garlic cloves – ground to paste

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 Tablespoon course sea salt

2 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice

1 Tablespoon sugar

1 Tablespoon canola oil

Jicama, Carrot and Mango Slaw


In a large bowl add the jicama, carrots, mango, jalapeño, tomatoes, scallions, cilantro and set to the side.

In a small bowl combine the remaining ingredients that make up the dressing. Mix well and pour over slaw. Gently mix. leave it sit on the counter for a half hour to let the flavors develop. Set in the refrigerator and serve latter.

Jicama Carrot and Mango Slaw

These are the colors of carrots I used and the Asian side slicer for the shreds.

This is how I made the mango slices.

Jicama Carrot and Mango Slaw

It came out light refreshing and delicious! I bet it would be Forking Great in a fish or chicken taco!

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Potato Cakes so Easy You Don’t Need a Recipe Recipe


Potato Cakes so easy you don’t need a recipe recipe

I whipped up these potato cakes without measuring but it was pretty easy and I don’t think you need an exact recipe for this kind of thing. You can do this kind of thing free style and maybe add an interesting ingredient to the potato cakes if you want to make them fancier than I did. I wasn’t going to publish this recipe since I didn’t measure but these potato cakes came out really great. My husband really enjoyed them. He said they are really perfect. The ingredients were all guesstimated…….This is the kind of thing you just guesstimate. They would be really good with added spinach or even seafood…ummmm!

Ingredients for about 25 potato cakes about 6 servings

2 lbs potatoes (peeled)

2 jalapeños (cut in half longways for boiling with the potatoes just to add flavor and you throw them out after the boiling)

2 XL eggs – slightly beaten

1/4 cup flour

1 Tablespoon kosher salt (for boiling the potatoes)

1/2 onion – grated and in paper towel squeeze all the juice out)

1 fried serrano chili – finely chopped

about 2 teaspoons sea salt

about 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Canola oil for frying


Boil the potatoes with the jalapeños and salt till they are almost fork tender ( about 15 minutes)

Put them away in the refrigerator and let them chill three or more hours.

When the potatoes are chilled grate them on the bigger holes and add in the eggs, onions, chili, flour and salt and pepper. Mix. This should be like extra thick mashed potatoes.

Put your fry pan on medium high heat with about a 1/2 inch of oil.

Use a fork and grab about a meatball size amount of potato mixture and made it into a patty shapes.

When the oil seems hot carefully fry up the patties. They need a few minutes on each side.

They should look like this.

Potato Cakes so easy you don’t need a recipe recipe

Really yummy! Give them a try and you will enjoy!

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Spicy Hatch Chili and Peach Brownie Recipe


Spicy Hatch Chili and Peach Brownies

It’s Hatch Chili Time again in Phoenix so I have to come up with more ways to use Hatch Chili Peppers. Here are my fudgy Brownies that I added some fire roasted hatch chilies too and added some peach to counter the heat. For a little added taste and texture I topped the brownies with just a Tablespoon of Turbinado Sugar and just a Tablespoon of Salted Roasted Pepitas. The brownies are moist with a great deep chocolatey flavor with heat and sweet and more! If you can handle a little heat and you like chocolate then you should love the brownies. BTW- they are super easy to prepare.

Ingredients for around 18 servings


4 oz unsweetened butter

10 oz 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate chips

1/3 cup dark brown sugar

2/3 cup sugar

1 1/4 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon course sea salt

3 large eggs – beaten

1 teaspoon pure vanilla

1/4 cup fire roasted charred hatch chili peppers – stem and seeds removed – chopped

1 large ripe white peach – pit and stem removed – cube the peach

non – stick spray (either canola or vegetable)

1 Tablespoon turbinado sugar (to finish brownies with)

1 Tablespoon pepitas  (pumpkin seeds) – roasted with sea salt


Turn oven on to 350 degree F

Use an oblong cake pan that is around 12 1/4 inch by 8 1/4 inch in size and spray the pan with non-stick spray.

Put a small fry pan on medium heat and melt the butter. When the butter is melted add the chocolate chips and stir. Shut off the heat and take the fry pan off the burner. Stir again and set the pan to the side. Doesn’t matter if the chips aren’t all melted yet.

In a large mixing bowl add the sugars, flour, baking powder, salt, beaten eggs and vanilla and hand stir till 1/2  mixed. Now stir in the butter/chocolate mixture. Stir. Add the peppers and the peach and gently stir. Pour into sprayed pan and top by sprinkling the turbinado and pepitas across the surface of the brownies.

Put in the oven for about 25 minutes or until the center feels just cooked.

After 25 minutes mine came out like this.

I let the brownies rest and set on the counter for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes they were still warm and ready to serve.

Spicy Hatch Chili and Peach Brownies

We got a FORKING WINNER here!

These brownies are smooth, rich and moist with that just right chocolate flavor. The Hatch Chili peppers, peach go well with the rich brownie. A little crunch from the turbinado sugar and salted pepitas add another layer and texture that makes the brownie more interesting and not too sweet.

Better than many of the desserts I eat out!

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No Oil No Mayo Mexican Inspired Potato Salad with Avocado Recipe



No Oil No Mayo Mexican Inspired Potato Salad with Avocado

Mexican Food is very flavorful and Avocado is very rich. I felt I could come up with a healthy oil and mayonnaise free potato salad and use heart healthy avocado as the fat that potato salad needs.  I also used my pickled jalapeños and some of the brine for seasoning the potatoes while they were hot to infuse more flavors into the potatoes. If you don’t want to prepare pickled jalapeños skip over this recipe because the pickled jalapeños from most grocery stores don’t taste good. You might be able to find good pickled jalapeños at farmer’s markets or perhaps a Mexican Grocery Store. PLEASE READ****I DO NOTE!!!!!! There is a price to pay for not adding oil or mayonnaise! The salad is great and delicious and keeps it’s flavor and stays delicious for about a week but over night the salad gets drippy and everyday the salad needs a drain. If I was doing this salad again I think I’d put it in a colander over a bowl to catch the liquid that comes out.

Ingredients for about 8 servings

2 lbs brown skinned potatoes peeled and cut in halves

1/2 small onion – to boil with potatoes to infuse flavor and toss out afterwards

1 garlic clove – to boil with potatoes to infuse flavor and toss out afterwards

1 hot pepper – to boil with potatoes to infuse flavor and toss out afterwards

1 Tablespoon kosher salt or sea salt to boil potatoes

1 med/small mango – diced

3 small avocados – sliced in very large pieces – they will break down (my avocados were the really tiny ones)

4 Tablespoons fresh lime juice – to squeeze over avocados

1/2 small sweet onion – chopped

2 large garlic cloves – ground to paste

1 celery rib – finely chopped

3/4 cup sweet grape tomatoes – cut in halves

1/2 cup low sodium black beans – rinsed three times and drained

1 cup – heaping – pickled jalapeños – my recipe preferred – chopped including onion and leave carrot slices whole

4 Tablespoons brine from pickled jalapeños – to pour over potatoes as soon as they are done

1 Tablespoon course sea salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon oregano

1/4 teaspoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon cayenne

1/4 teaspoon mild chili powder

1 Tablespoon sugar

1/4 cup fresh cilantro

1/4 cup scallions – chopped


Put a pot of water on to a medium boil with the potatoes, 1 Tablespoon salt, a hot pepper, 1/2 onion and a garlic clove. The potatoes need to boil till they are fork tender. That should take 10-15 minutes.

When the potatoes are done you might or might not want to break some of them down just slightly more while they are still hot…but keep in mind you need them larger than you want them because they will break down when you stir. When potatoes are the size you want them you need to pour the jalapeño brine on them to infuse flavor. Let the potatoes sit to the side. Let this bowl sit out at least 15 minutes.

In a large bowl combine all the remaining ingredients. Fold in the potatoes. Serve now preferably. I note tomorrow the salad will need draining.

The salad is rich, flavorful and creamy with avocado. It has some heat and some sweet but mostly flavor with lots of texture.

If you are a fan of Mexican Food you should love this salad.

No Oil No Mayo Mexican Inspired Potato Salad

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Spicy Turkey Meatballs Stuffed with Raisins and Pine Nuts Recipe


Spicy Turkey Meatballs Stuffed with Raisins and Pine Nuts

Here are meatballs that are a little different. They contain a bonus surprise in the middle and you get an amount of delicious flavor and medium heat from Calabrian Chili Peppers and then you get  sweetness from raisins and yummy tasty nutty  pine nut punch….Tasty, Juicy, delicious and a little spicy. The meatballs got lots of flavors going on and are seasoned really perfect. The meatballs come out very juicy so you don’t really need sauce and just a light grating of cheese if you desire.

Ingredients for about 6 servings

1 lb ground turkey (85/15)

2 XL eggs – slightly beaten

1 cup whole wheat panko

2 teaspoons kosher salt

2 teaspoons black pepper

1/4 cup sweet onion – chopped fine

1/2 cup (scant cup) vegetable stock

1 garlic clove – ground to paste

2 Calabrian Chili peppers – stem removed, chopped fine

1/4 cup fresh basil chopped

32 jumbo raisins (give or take a few depending on size of meatball)

3 Tablespoons pine nuts (give or take…about 3-5 pine nuts a meatball)

non-stick spray canola or vegetable


Set oven to 350 degrees F

Spray baking sheet(s) with non stick spray

Everything goes in a big mixing bowl except for the turkey. Mix well and let it sit about ten minutes so the panko can absorb. After the ten minutes mix in the turkey. The mixture will be wetter than a beef mixture. Use a small scoop and scoop out the meatballs. I do note again the mixture is soft so you won’t be able to roll the meatballs and you just have to scoop them.

Indent each meatball with a butter knife or your finger.

Insert with a jumbo raisin and a few 3-5 pine nuts.

Wet your fingers and pat the meatballs closed.

After about 15 minutes in the oven (350 F) the meatballs should be done.

“That smells Forking Great!”

“I Forking Want Some Meatballs”

Unfortunately the meatballs contain several ingredients that are NOT Dog Friendly…..The dogs can’t taste these meatballs.

Oh well…….more for the humans…..

Spicy Turkey Meatballs Stuffed with Raisins and Pine Nuts

The meatballs came out Forking Delicious! Most people will love them!

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