Dan and I are a big fan of the show Archer.
In fact, we are big fans of a lot of Jon Benjamin’s work, including (to a lesser extent), Bob’s Burgers.
While we think these shows are funny, we never expected to find inspiration for dinner from them! The other night, there was an episode on about a spaghetti and meatball dinner. It led Dan to ask … “How do you cook meatballs?” As we did more and more research, we decided that we would attempt a veggie meatball of our own. Dan engineered most of this, but I will take credit for the inspiration. Here’s how it went down:
1. Chop (not too finely) mushrooms and some spinach.
2. Combine mushrooms, spinach, artichokes (the proportions are totally up to you!) in a food processor with garlic and olive oil.
3. Mince the items together (should only take a few seconds) and transfer to another bowl.
4. Add an egg and some breadcrumbs (we used about a quarter cup)
5. Make meatballs that look like golf balls (or whatever size you want)
6. Throw your balls in a pan with some olive oil on medium heat and cook until done! You will be able to tell, they will get a bit crispy.
7. For good measure, then stick the meatballs in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.
8. Serve and enjoy! You can see how we ate ours in the picture below.
This time around, we didn’t make our own sauce, but Mario Batali makes a mean jarred red sauce that worked just fine. On the side, Dan got a little creative by wrapping scallops in zucchini shavings. It turned out great! The moral of the story is: you never know from what FOX show you’ll draw inspiration for your next meal.