Shortcuts…

My good friend, Mandy, shared this photo on Facebook the other day…

IKEA meatballs
*Mandy’s photo*

Obviously, she had the much-acclaimed specialty at IKEA, their meatballs.

I still have the packets of IKEA meatball gravy that she bought for me when she came to Sibu early last month…

IKEA meatball gravy

…and since my daughter is home, I decided to cook some of my own. The last time we cooked that, she enjoyed it a lot.

I chopped two Bombay onions till really fine and instead of buying or making some breadcrumbs for use, I resorted to using a shortcut and just took these cheese crackers…

Cheese crackers

…and crushed them – the same amount as the onions…

onions & crushed crackers

I did not want to use minced beef as we just had that the other day in the pasta that Melissa cooked so I decided to use chicken instead and since I was too lazy to buy some chicken and debone and mince it, I took another shortcut and used chicken burger patties instead.

I mixed the meat together with the onions and the crushed crackers and added an egg to it…

Add an egg

That is supposed to hold everything together, I guess. I did not add anything else but I suppose if you’re using fresh minced meat, you would need to add the seasoning according to your taste. Perhaps you can add some herbs too, if you wish, to bring the flavour to a whole new level or for a local Malaysian touch, you may want to add finely chopped chilies and curry leaves…and a bit of serbuk kunyit (tumeric powder) even.

I rolled the mixture into balls…

Meatballs - uncooked

…and of course, the size will depend on your individual preference – whether you like your balls big or you prefer medium-sized ones…or maybe, you like them small. Hehehehehe!!!!!

Then I heated some oil in the pan and deep-fried the balls…

Deep-frying meatballs

Hmmmm…. It seems that without any fresh minced meat, the mixture was a bit too soft so when I dropped them into the hot oil in the pan, they turned a little flat. Next time, I would definitely not take this shortcut and use burger patties again. The previous time, I used fresh minced beef and there were two or three pieces of  beef burger patties left in the fridge and I threw them in and the meat balls then were just perfect and definitely not like this.

Thankfully, the ones this time around were all right once they were cooked…

Metballs - cooked

Maybe they would have ended up in better shape had I handled the balls gently. LOL!!!

They tasted nice too and went very well with the gravy…

STP's meat balls 1

…and the baked potatoes white cheese topping that we had with them…

STP's meat balls 2

I would prefer mashed but Melissa prefers them baked…so her wish is my command. Wink! Wink!