– A Random Recipe –
Finkadella: Scottish Meatballs with Carrots & Leeks
Finkadella: Small meatballs made with ground meat and seasoning.
Many of Scotland’s recipes reflects its past links with France. Mary of Guise and her daughter Mary, Queen of Scots influenced cooking in the Scottish courts. The name of this recipe is thought to be derived from the French fins quenelles – a quenelle being an oval shaped meat or fish enriched dumpling.
It’s time for another Random Recipe – this is one of my favourite monthly blogging challenges and is hosted by Dashing Dom from Belleau Kitchen. Dom’s latest
punishment challenge is to count your cookbooks and choose number 17, or Lucky 17 as he says in his post about the challenge. I have cookbooks stashed all over the place, therefore my challenge was tricky, so in the end I had to get hubs to choose a stack and then I counted to seventeen…..and I was pleased to see that number seventeen was a book that I really love, but that I’ve not used for a while, Around Britain Dairy Cookbook, and published by your milkman, well the Dairy Diary people anyway!
I opened the book randomly and the recipe that I was presented with was one I might not have bothered to make, Finkadella, a sort of meatball stew with vegetables, but, I’m so glad I did, as it was delicious, and so simple to make too. These meatballs do not need to be seared or pre-browned and I was pretty sceptical about that at first, but all was fine and the meatballs soaked up the beefy stock and were really tasty. I would say that it’s essential to use a REALLY good beef stock and extra lean minced beef too, as these are not seared beforehand as I mentioned before, and therefore fatty mince and flabby flavoured stock will not enhance this dish at all.
We ate these on a chilly spring evening, with fluffy mashed potatoes and I loved the fact that this was more or less a one pot meal – I could have served this with just crusty bread. I bet you could make your wee finkadella beforehand and pop them in the freezer for convenience, and that would cut back on prep time if serving this recipe as a family mid-week meal. So, once again, Dom’s Random Recipe challenge has introduced me to a new recipe and one that I will make again too………result! And, I am being EXTRA nice to Dom as there are PRIZES this month for Random Recipes – two Mary Berry books are up for grabs, and I WANT one of them!! 🙂 So, here is the recipe, with some changes to the ingredients – I increased the vegetables. You can buy this amazing book on the Dairy Diary website HERE. That’s it for today, I will be back tomorrow with CAKES for Mothering Sunday! See you later, Karen.