With almost every Monday night being a tapas night for my husband and me, we have tried many different menus. Sometimes it is nice to return to a menu or dish that we liked, but other weeks we like to try a new set of recipes. This Monday was one of those nights.
To make planning easier, both of us usually like to start with a theme, whether it be choosing an ethnicity, region, or style of cooking. I suggested a French theme, which has had little representation in our dinners. My husband questioned whether we could make a meatball that mimicked chicken cordon bleu. I decided this would be a good challenge for my cooking skills.
I knew that I could incorporate the swiss cheese portion of the cordon bleu easily by placing a small cube of cheese inside each meatball. However, it seemed a little more daunting as to how ham would be added. I debated wrapping each meatball in a thin strip of ham, but that seemed unappealing both in texture and look. I decided that dicing the ham and mixing it into the meatball mixture would be my best option.
I am pleased to say that these meatballs were tasty. To make a richer recipe, a creamy white wine sauce could be used as an accompaniment. These meatballs could be used as either a main course or an appetizer.
- 1/4 pound swiss cheese
- 1 pound ground chicken
- 1/4 pound baked deli ham
- 1 egg
- 2 pieces of bread, blended into breadcrumbs
- 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Cut swiss cheese into 1/2 inch cubes, and set aside.
- Dice ham.
- In a large bowl combine chicken, ham, egg, breadcrumbs, both seasonings, paprika, salt, and pepper.
- Mix until well combined, using hands preferably.
- Take 1 piece of cheese and a small amount of meat mixture (about 2-3 Tb.), and form a meatball around the cheese.
- Place on rimmed baking sheet.
- Repeat with remaining cheese and meat.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Serve immediately.