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Chocolate meatball challenge

That's correct. Young Bite-Bite the Second has requested chocolate meatballs -- and I'm looking for suggestions. Creative liscence a given. Does not necessarily have to involve meat, but probably should have chocolate in some form or other. Could be sweet. Could be savory. Have lots of ingredients to hand. Was thinking maybe something with chocolate, coconut and rolled oats. All suggestions/ideas/creative inspiration welcome.

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  1. I used to make chocolate covered peanut butter balls. VERY fattening as it calls for butter and peanut butter.
    18 ounces peanut butter
    1 (16-ounce) box confectioners' sugar
    1 1/3 cups graham cracker crumbs
    3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
    12 ounces milk chocolate, melted

    In a large bowl, combine peanut butter, confectioners' sugar, graham cracker crumbs, and butter. Mash together until combined. Form the mixture into balls. Transfer to the refrigerator until hardened, about 30 minutes. Dip the peanut butter balls into the melted chocolate and set inside mini paper cupcake forms. Let the chocolate set before serving.
    Roll in chocolate then chopped peanuts. Or, what about rolling rice krispy treats into balls instead of layering in a cake pan. You can add the coconut, mini chocolate chips, peanuts, mini marshmallows...whatever. Once they're cooled you can roll in chocolate then cocoa powder or ? KQ

    1. A friend of mine makes a similar ball recipe to KitchenQueen's except the filling also includes coconut and chopped pecans.

      A few other ideas...
      Mix cream cheese, powdered sugar, melted white chocolate, and rice krispies; scoop into balls and refrigerate. Dip in melted milk or dark chocolate, then serve w/ a raspberry sauce... (meatballs and marinara...)

      Crushed wafer cookies or oreos w/ corn syrup, nuts and sugar. Let set then dip balls in melted chocolate and roll in coconut if desired.

      Melt white or dark chocolate with peanut butter and marshmellow cream; make balls and cool. Dip in melted caramel then roll in nuts/oats/coconut or whatever else you desire.

      Mix condensed milk, cocoa, coconut and crushed biscuits. Make balls and roll in grated chocolate and/or coconut.

      A couple of online ideas:

      Why not make these guys into "balls":

      1. Why not make truffles- the ultimate chocolate meatball.

        1. You could make buckeyes, only dipping the whole thing in chocolate.


          1. Wow. Some great ideas. Thank you. Who would have thought there were recipes online for chocolate meatballs? And still giggling about the idea of truffles as the ultimate chocolate meatball. Am currently deliberating between evil peanut butter or the chocolate drop cookies. If a recipe calls for coconut and doesn't specify sweetend or unsweetened (ie in the drop cookie recipe) do y'all think it safe to assume unsweetened?

            1. I would think that rice krispies might be a nice addition too- to get that sort of meaty look! Please post pictures of your attempt! (How cute would chocolate meatballs be on top of pasta made out of white chocolate or something- not sure how you would do that, but could be an interesting dessert!!)

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              1. re: Katie Nell

                I'll bet if you put cookie dough through a meat extruder (first thought a pasta maker but you'd have to have really pliable dough), you could get spaghetti dough that you could bake in piles. Add raspbery jelly or a red coulis of some sort and some chocolate meatballs.

                1. re: chowser

                  Wow. Pretty cute! Makes me tempted to track down this mysterious "meat extruder".

                  1. re: bite bite

                    Something along this idea. My mom had a hand crank one back when she used to make sausages. I'm still thinking a pasta maker could do if you had the right dough. Or, if you were patient enough to roll the dough into long snakes.


                    1. re: chowser

                      Thanks. Seeing it makes me realize my dad has something like this. A metal thing he clamps onto the side of his counter and cranks meat through.

                        1. re: GrillNextDoor

                          Seems like it might be worth a try -- and doesn't seem like it would be too difficult to track down. A more to-hand option I've been considering be using one of Bite-Bite II's play-dough molds -- a plastic volcano with a plunger that pushes out squiggles of playdough through the top (somthing along the lines of the Play-dough fuzzy-pumper barber shop). Wouldn't might make quite spagetti-length strands -- but gets the idea.

                          1. re: bite bite

                            In Italy, gelato spaghetti is common. Here's a picture

                            The spaghetti is vanilla gelato, the sauce usually strawberry or raspberry and the grated cheese, grated white chocolate. Add some chocolate meatballs and there you go.

                            More info including ice cream lasagna and ice cream aspaparugs ... a plate of chcolate meatballs with ice cream asparagus.

                            1. re: rworange

                              rwo, fantastic photos=-thanks for sharing them.

                    2. re: bite bite

                      Back in the day when I made dough Christmas ornaments, I was able to get quite a nice long strand from one of my many garlic presses. It has larger holes and it was the hair for the angels I made. You can keep the strand going just by adding large wad of dough and then twirling it around a this round object * like the handle of a wooden spoon) for that spaghetti look.

                    3. re: chowser

                      If you didn't add the eggs, you could keep it raw and it might hold its shape better! Yum! :-)

                      1. re: Katie Nell

                        Right. A regular cookie recipe might just kind of melt into a big cookie lump. Plus raw dough is yummier...

                      2. re: chowser

                        You can make filo fettuchini (simply keep rolled and slice - remember to take out the paper in the end - and bake in piles, or make chestnut speghetti but passing chesnut puree through a ricer - I think Chow has a recipe (or anything similar consistancy).

                        You can serve with raspberry coulis (red sauce) or creme anglais (cream sauce)

                        1. re: jsaimd

                          Never cooked with filo before -- sounds nice and easy thought which is a plus. Think it could work with puff-pastry? Or is filo better?

                          1. re: bite bite

                            Puff would result in a "sticks" wheras filo looks like a pile of fettuccini. You simply keep it rolled up, then slice it in rounds then start fluffing it up. However, do remember to remove the paper after you fluff. Put in piles, spray with melted butter, sprinkle with sugar and bake according to package directions. It is super super easy - I think I got the idea from Gale Gand years ago, so you may be able to find a better description from her.

                            1. re: jsaimd

                              This sounds like the way to go. Thanks!

                      3. re: Katie Nell

                        If you really want to get into the spaghetti and meatballs theme, here's an idea for a spaghetti and meatballs cake, where the spaghetti is made from buttercream. http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

                        1. re: cheesepowder

                          Too much frosting for me, but still cool! You do know, bite bite, if you succeed with this project, that you will be the coolest parent on the block, right?!?

                          1. re: Katie Nell

                            Really? I hadn't even thought... :)

                        2. My public school cafeteria used to make a concoction called NoBake Cookies, which were always a hit...they looked just like chocolate meatballs! I'm sure you can find a recipe on the web, it goes something like this: melt butter & cocoa & sugar in a saucepan, stir over heat until sugar dissolves, stir in peanut butter until melted. Remove from heat & add vanilla extract and rolled oats. Stir until the mixture cools a little & begins to set up. Scoop onto waxed paper. I've made higher-end versions with unsweetened chocolate & almond butter as well.

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                          1. re: Hungry Celeste

                            Mmm. Do you know if the rolled oat would need to be the fast-cooking kind or do you think regular would work?

                            1. re: bite bite

                              Old-fashioned or quick cooking, it doesn't matter. Here's a recipe I found on about that's pretty close to the one I have: http://southernfood.about.com/od/noba... My "official" recipe is from the Louisiana Homemaker's Association cookbook produced in the early 80s. Boy, are many of those recipes terrible! A few good gumbos, etc buried under an avalanche of cream cheese spreads and things made with condensed soups.

                          2. I'm surprised, I would have expected suggestions for mole-sauced meatballs.

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                            1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                              Was hoping mole might make an appearance at some point. Haven't attempted yet -- but interested to try.

                              1. re: bite bite

                                It crossed my mind when you said savory but wasn't sure if little bb2 would like it, esp. if he/she were expecting sweet chocolate.

                                1. re: chowser

                                  Interesting as a construct and fun to think of as a recipe for possible future use but 100% correct as far as sweet-toothed bb2 is concerned, mole sauce is not where his brain is going on this one.

                                2. re: bite bite

                                  I'm also not sure if savory is the way to go, but if so meatballs in a mole sauce would be great. Espcially on a bed of corn tortilla strips acting as the spaghetti. I've been experimenting with cocao nibs lately, and I've been thinking of putting them in chili, so I be they'd work in a meatball as well.

                              2. Gearing up for the great experiment. Question for KQ or another baker -- any thoughts on whether KQ's recipe up top might work with rice-krispies added into peanut butter mix? Or would the krispies get soggy?

                                1. UPDATE --
                                  Made the Chocolate Meatballs (sorry I couldn't find my camera as they were pretty hilarous looking). Huge success -- thanks all for your advice . Did KQ's recipe (thanks again) and followed Chowsers rec to use Koala Cocoa Crispies -- which were perfect and the crunchyness was a really nice addition to lighten up what is an almost atomically dense treat. BB2 loved making them with me and squishing all the ingredients together with his hands and rolling the little balls. I had total food hang-over by the time I finished making (and snacking) -- so I really wasn't sure how they would go over. Was shocked how popular they were -- with adults as much as kids. Have had multiple requests for the recipe and already Chocolate Meatballs are sweeping the pre-school circuit.

                                  Couple words of advice for anyone taking on the chocolate meatball --
                                  - make the peanut butter balls small as they're super rich and also get bigger after you dip them in chocolate then roll them in crispies. Some of ours got to be the size of golf-balls which was actually pretty hilarious -- but also a little daunting.
                                  -- be aware the recipe makes A LOT of meatballs -- and they're a pretty dangerous thing to leave just lying around Fortunately, had three parties to go to the weekend I made them and they were all gobbled up post haste. But if there aren't a lot of mouths to feed, consider halving.

                                  Next time might try the filo dough suggestion w/raspberry "marinara" -- such a cute idea. Bought the filo but then didn't get around to it. In any event, the meatballs by themselves are pretty fantastic.

                                  Thanks again.

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                                  1. re: bite bite

                                    Chocolate Meatball Recipe: 1 bag or box of chocolate cereal, 1 bag marshmallows, 1 1/2 stick butter, 1/2 cup chopped nuts/ 1 bag white chocolate chips. Melt butter and marshmallow in pan on low heat, mix in cereal first, then add nuts and chips. Make into balls, and let cool. Trick is to butter hands while making them to prevent sticking. The chips and nuts make it look like cheese and garlic. Dust with powdered sugar for the cheese effect if desired. Trick: to remove marshmallow from pans fill with water and let boil, it will melt everything in a solution.

                                  2. Bakerella has a good section on pops and bites, which are all pretty much chocolate meatless balls. They are fun for kids.