Fried Squash balls
The greatest thing living near the farm? Not only the freshest of air. Not only the silence of the night. With only the sounds of the crickets in summers and the croaking of the frogs this rainy season. Best of all, the abundance of fresh produce. And, it comes FREE, most of the times.
The owner of the farm at the back of our house plants different varieties of vegetables depending on season. Tomatoes, jalapeno chili, red chilies, string beans, eggplants. Come harvest time, I usually request for few pieces. Oh, not only me…a whole lot of community peeps will do the same. Such is the practice here in a small community .
So, this season, when palay is yet to be planted, there’s kalabasa (squash) planted on their farm. And, my, its harvest time again. Of course, I did asked for a small one.
Because we had kare-kare last weekend, and ginisang kalabasa with sitaw few days ago, I meant to snubbed the kalabasa. But, when I saw the malunggay leaves dangling near the fence, I did get the idea what to cook for dinner.
So, here’s the kalabasa and malunggay tandem…
From here, I decided to make Fried Squash Balls…
Since the squash is too big for us, I decided to just make use of few slices and refrigerate the unused portion.
1. Peel and grate the squash. Squeeze out juices if there’s any. This is to prevent the squash dough from being too watery/mushy.
2. Prepare the malunggay leaves. I opt to cut them a little more. So as to deceive the little girl that’s there’s “gulay” in the “burger balls”.
3. Add in to the grated squash. Add also diced onions.
4. Season with salt, ground black pepper, cayenne pepper (more please), 1 large egg, and flour.
5. Mix it all up and form into a ball. That’s it. Don’t want to add anything. Don’t want to be too superfluous in cooking. The reason why I do sucked in following popular recipes.
6. Lastly, portion into smaller ball and deep fry.
The aroma wafted through the room where the little girl asked, “Are you cooking burgers, mom?” Yes, of course.” I snapped quickly. Haha.
For the dip, spicy vinegar’s the best. But since, the little girl thought it was a burger, I cooked up mushroom soup (in pack) to go with the veggie dish. And, fried pork chop…
Here’s the little girl’s plate…
And, Oh. She dished out the pork chop and munched on the veggie balls. Good girl