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Recipes for dishes, especially, meatballs, that are "hollow" ?

Hi there, long story, but can you think of a way to make Swedish meatballs that are hollow? Any other recipes for foods that are "hollow" at the center? But, of course, delicious?

It's for a theme party...

Thank you so much!

~TDQ

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  1. im kind of stuck on the meatball......a great hollow food is souffled potatoes, Cut super thin. soak in cold water. blanch at about 300 i think , and then fry again at 350 they puff open and are yummy.
    Mochi puffs up hollow when cooked - but kind of needs something in the hollow.
    chocolate could make yummy hollow treats.....

    1. Good challenge TDQ! The first thing that sprung to my mind was Chicken Kiev - you know how the cold butter melts inside during cooking and leaves a gap? Could you form a meatball around a square of butter, then make a small puncture that would let the (post cooking) butter leak out? You might have to experiment with how thick the wall around the butter would be.

      Other hollow foods - gougeres, rolled (unfilled) cookies, hmm.. that's all I have on the tip of my imagination right now. Wonder what you could do with an apple corer ;)

      1. Great ideas so far, thank you. Funny thought about putting butter in the center of a meatball and letting it leak out. I googled (for the heck of it) on "hollow meatballs" and found someone's blog entry saying she'd tried to do a Rachel Ray "cheese-stuffed" meatball recipe and the cheese had leaked out, leaving hollow meatballs. Could be interesting to try it with butter!

        EDIT--oooh, if it were hollow, I wonder if you could inject a little lingonberry sauce into the inside... Like an inside out Swedish meatball.

        ~TDQ

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        1. re: The Dairy Queen

          I've made inside out carrot cake cokies with the icing inside - why not inside out meatballs!

          When Iwas a kid I made candles at summer camp by pouring hot wax over ice cubes - the wax set up quickly around the ice, then the ice melted and left holes. Wonder if there's a food idea there?

          By the way - what's the theme?

          1. re: lupaglupa

            inside out carrot cake cookies?

            must. have. recipe.......

            pretty please, lupaglupa!

            1. re: lupaglupa

              Sorry, I didn't see your post before asking what the theme is. Well, it's hard to describe because it's based on an inside joke, but, loosely, the theme is Swedish+Hollow. Usually, I would expect to play off one or the other, but if I can play off both, that would be the best.

              ~TDQ

              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                What about ebelskivers? Aren't they Swedish? They're filled, not quite hollow. Spettekaka? I have no idea how it's made, though.

                1. re: chowser

                  I think they are Danish or Norwegian, depending on how you spell it. :) But, that's a great idea!

                  I shall have a look at Spettekaka.

                  ~TDQ

                  1. re: chowser

                    Wow, the Spettekaka looks fascinating! http://www.the-cookie-jar.com/SWEDISH... I'm not sure I have the special equipment, though!

                    ~TDQ

                    1. re: The Dairy Queen

                      We used to have those when I was a child living in Sweden. However, my recollection is that they really weren't that delicious - sweet, but not rave worthy.

                      1. re: MMRuth

                        Ah, good to know. My real worry is that it won't transport and serve well. It sounds like it's rather delicate and the conditions under which we'll be serving may be rather rugged. (We're not even sure yet if we'll have electricity!)

                        ~TDQ

                  2. re: The Dairy Queen

                    I had been kicking around the idea of cookies shaped like fortune cookies but with no fortune. Could you shape s swedish gingersnap that way? A Swedish mis-fortune cookie!

                    1. re: lupaglupa

                      HAHAHAHA! Now, that's funny and clever.

                      ~TDQ

                      1. re: lupaglupa

                        That would be good! It would be like a Swedish brandy snap if you made it cylindrical.

                        How about a Swedish princess cake with holes in the cake? It would be easy to do with the marzipan frosting.

                        1. re: chowser

                          Now I must look up Swedish Princess Cake to see what that is! Sounds lovely.

                          I have to say, though, we are pretty sold on the inside-out meatballs for the time being...

                          ~TDQ

                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                            Sorry, my knowledge of Swedish food sadly comes from IKEA. I do want to make the inside out meatballs. I have ground beef defrosting now.

                            1. re: chowser

                              HA! Actually, you had a lot of Swedish ideas! More than I came up with on my own.

                              I can't wait to hear how your inside out meatballs turn out. I have lingonberry jam "pre-freezing" in the freezer right now. I hope to scoop it all out into balls with a melon-baller and then freeze those.

                              Then, tomorrow night, I was thinking I could try two variations--one with just frozen lingonberry jam balls at the center and another where I roll wrap a slice of cream cheese around the frozen jam ball and put that at the center.

                              ~TDQ

                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                Oh and then - sigh - you'll have to force yourself to try one. Or two. Or three ;)

                                1. re: lupaglupa

                                  I know! I'm really excited to try them!

                                  ~TDQ

                      2. re: The Dairy Queen

                        What about wrapping herring fillets around something to shape them into a ring, securing them with a toothpick, then removing the center item? That gets you ring hollow, albeit not sphere hollow.

                        1. re: BobB

                          Or you could take herring fillets or other fish that might be scandinavian and put in a ramekin to shape them so there is a hole in the middle.

                          I think I've cooked fish that way before with something in the middle (a sauce or something).

                    2. re: The Dairy Queen

                      so it can be hollow and filled ??? let us know that really expands the options

                      1. re: coastie

                        I want the primary impression (aside from deliciousness) to be that this food is hollow, perhaps unexpectedly so. In the case of an inside out Swedish meatball, I would want it to be mostly hollow, with just a bit sauce inside. I wouldn't want to overfill it because I wouldn't want it to be too hot or messy, or not hollow enough!

                        ~TDQ

                      2. re: The Dairy Queen

                        The sauce won't be cold, but you can make inside-out meatballs by cooking them with the sauce in the center. Form the meatball, then form a deep well in the center with your finger or thumb (depending on meatball size). Put some lingonberry sauce in the well, but don't fill it very full, then pinch meat thoroughly shut around it. Be sure not to make the meatball's walls too thin.

                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                          My dad has made cheese stuffed meatballs my whole life... he just uses whatever cheese he has on hand. Sometimes it leaks out, sometimes not- either way, it's good!

                        2. Popovers!!! Bagels ;) , might have to some molecular gastronomy for the meatballs. What about rolling the really cold meat around an ice cube or a small chunk of frozen chix stock?
                          Adam

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                          1. re: adamshoe

                            I like this idea of putting an ice cube in the middle... Must try that!

                            ~TDQ

                            1. re: fern

                              Good thinking, although, this would be more for a pot-luck type situation. It will be serious challenge to keep the food warm. Anything that I want to be warm will have to be in a crock-pot.

                              ~TDQ