I prepared this dish to mark my parent’s wedding anniversary. I was nervous the meatballs won’t turn out right, and since it’s not a basic traditional meal, I was super anxious about getting it right for my parents.
Mrs. Okoh kept coming in and asking “what did you even say this your food is sef?”. She was very skeptical but her request for more meatballs and Irish potatoes at the end made it worth it.
So here goes my recipe for cooked and spiced Irish Potatoes, Meatballs and a Side of Fresh Salad and Eggs.
Ingredients for two servings
For the cooked Irish Potatoes
1. Irish potatoes
3. Fresh Tomatoes
4. Fresh pepper
5. Olive oil
8. Thyme and curry (optional)
For the Meatballs
1. 1/2 kg of raw beef (tender without bones)
2. 2 Eggs
3. A slice of bread
4. Fresh pepper paste
5. Scent leaves (Ahunji)
8. Olive oil
For the Fresh Salad
7. 2 Boiled Eggs
I like to prepare my fresh salad first. It’s easier to prepare and it gets cold in the fridge while I get the rest of the meal ready.
1. I washed my vegetables, making sure to get all the sand and dust out especially from the cabbage and carrots.
2. I then cut the cabbage first, followed by the carrots which I grated as opposed to cutting (hungry stomachs were waiting).
3. Then I mixed the two in a clean plastic bowl.
4. I cut the cucumber, tomatoes and onions into round slices and placed them neatly over the mixed carrots and cabbage.
5. I did the same for the boiled eggs, and then took the bowl straight to the refrigerator.
With the meatballs and Irish potatoes, I worked on them at the same time.
1. I washed my Irish potatoes well.
2. I did the same separately for my meat, washing the meat with salt.
3. After I drained my potatoes of water, I left it in a bowl and started blending my meat in a blender (I discovered I could blend my meat at home, but I am very careful about bones).
4. After my meat was blended to a consistency I wanted, I finely ground my slice of bread.
5. I beat the two eggs, sliced my onions, cut the scented leaves, and in a bowl, gently mixed them all with the meat and bread, some salt and two cubes of Royco seasoning.
6. I put the mixture in the fridge and started working on my Irish Potatoes.
7. I peeled the back of the Irish potatoes and diced it into little cubes.
8. I placed them in a pot with little water and spiced with onions, curry powder, some salt, a cube of Royco seasoning and thyme. I let it cook until tender and then I drained the remaining stock.
9. I sliced onions, pepper and tomatoes, spiced them and fried in a pan with two spoons of olive oil.
10. When lightly cooked, I added the Irish potatoes and stirred for about 3-5 minutes. And I set it down.
11. I heated some oil, and while it was heating I moulded my meat mixture into balls and placed them one at a time into the hot oil (you can also cook meatballs in a sauce or in the oven).
12. I turned each side until both sides were brown and I placed them on a paper towel to sieve out any excess oil.
13. I served the meal as seen in these pictures with a glass of non-alcoholic wine.
Hope you try it.