Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Alien Scorpion Balls!

     Alien Scorpion Balls?
     Nobody in their right mind really looks forward to eating an appetizer that is made with Trinidad Scorpion Peppers.  These little red demons are the hottest chile peppers on the face of this planet.  When compared to Ghost Peppers, Trinidad Scorpions are at least twice as spicy hot!  Trinidad Scorpion Peppers can bring any avid chile pepper fanatic to their knees!  
     To officially give a food creation the "Alien" name designation, the food has to look like it came from outer space or an ingredient in the recipe has to have the word alien in the name.  Other than kid's candy items, I have found three food and beverage items that are marketed in Nevada that have the word "alien" in the product name.  Alien Tequila, Roswell Alien Beer and Alien Honey (Agave Nectar).  Any of these alien products are good choices for flavoring an alien theme appetizer recipe.  
     Alien Honey is a brand name of bottled agave nectar.  Agave Nectar is a natural high fructose syrup that was created by Aztecs long ago.  There is a bit of mystery involved with the Aztec pyramids and who built them.  Many ancient alien theorists claim that beings from outer space built every ancient landmark on earth.  The Alien Honey Agave Nectar brand name plays upon this farfetched premise.  
    Since Alien Honey and Dave's Gourmet Scorpion Pepper Sauce were were used to make today's extra spicy hot meatballs, the title of this appetizer recipe can officially include the words "Alien" and "Scorpion!"  
     Party snack food is supposed to be entertaining and fun, especially when holiday's like Halloween or Super Bowl Sunday roll around.  Serving up a platter of Alien Scorpion Balls will literally draw both laughter and tears!  
     I do suggest warning the guests about the sting of the almighty Scorpion Pepper when serving these tiny meatball morsels, just in case a guest prefers milder tasting food.  This is a good policy, because Scorpion Peppers are capable of setting taste buds on fire for quite a spell.  

     *Single portion recipes, like today's recipe are easy to expand for a yield that will suit multiple guests.  Only addition or multiplication skills are needed.

     Alien Scorpion Sauce:
     This recipe yields enough sauce for about 6 to 12 tiny meatballs!  It just depends on whether the meatballs are minimally coated with sauce or slathered heavily with sauce!  
     Dave's Gourmet makes a good scorpion pepper hot sauce that can be used in recipes.  The scorpion pepper flavor is unadulterated.  
     • The level of spicy heat can be adjusted for personal taste, but this sauce should be at least on the top end of the medium hot range.  
     • About 1 1/2 teaspoons of scorpion pepper hot sauce will create a spicy flavor that is at the top of the medium hot Scoville range, which is just below chile pequin.    
     • About 2 tablespoons will create a super fiery hot flavor that is difficult to handle!  
     • Use your own judgement when figuring out the spicy heat limit! 
     Step 1:  Heat a small stainless steel sauce pot over low heat.
     Add 1 1/4 cups of water.
     Add 3 tablespoons of organic ketchup.
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of dijon mustard.
     Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of agave nectar.  (Alien Honey!)
     Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of malt vinegar.
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce.
     Add 1 pinch of garlic powder.
     Add 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder.
     Add 1/4 teaspoon of cumin.
     Add 1/4 teaspoon of coriander.
     Add 1 small pinch of Mexican oregano.
     Add 1 teaspoon of Spanish paprika.
     Add 1 tablespoon of mild New Mexico chile powder.
     Add 1 1/2 teaspoons to 2 tablespoons of Scorpion Pepper Hot Sauce.  (To taste.  This measurement is a wide range of spicy heat, so use good judgement!)
     Add sea salt and black pepper.
     Step 2:  Gently simmer and reduce, till the sauce becomes a thin consistency.  The sauce should be just thick enough to cling to the meatballs.
     Place the sauce in container and keep it warm on a stove top.

     Tiny Alien Meatballs:
     This recipe yields 1 portion of 6 tiny appetizer size meatballs. 
     These meatballs have an alien flavor!
     Step 1:  Place 4 1/2 ounces of ground beef in a mixing bowl.
     Add 1 tablespoon of bread crumbs.
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of whisked egg.
     Add 1 pinch of garlic powder.
     Add 1 pinch of onion powder.
     Add 1/4 teaspoon of garam masala.
     Add 1/4 teaspoon of galangal powder.  (Thai Blue Ginger.)
     Add 1/4 teaspoon of Spanish paprika.
     Add sea salt.
     Mix the ingredients together.
     Step 2:  Divide into 6 equal size portions.
     Roll each portion into a small ball shape.
     Place the meatballs on a roasting pan that is brushed with vegetable oil.
     Step 3:  Bake in a 300ยบ oven till the meatballs are fully cooked and lightly browned.
     Remove the meatballs from the pan and place them in a container.
     Keep the meatballs warm on a stove top.

     Alien Scorpion Balls:
     Place 6 warm Spiced Tiny Meatballs in a small mixing bowl.
     Add enough of the warm Alien Scorpion Sauce to generously coat the meatballs.
     Toss the ingredients together.
     Arrange the meatballs on a serving plate.
     Spoon a little more sauce over the meatballs, if some extra spicy heat is desired!
     Spear each meatball with a fancy bamboo skewer.  
     Sprinkle a little bit of thin bias sliced green onion over the meatballs.
     Garnish the plate with cilantro sprigs or curly leaf parsley sprigs.

     Be prepared for the sting of the "Castrated Alien Scorpion!"  

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