It’s that time of the week again, another Recipe to Riches episode that this time around was all about Hors d’oeuvres. This was an episode that I was really looking forward to watching. They were featuring 3 great choices-Benjamin Greenbery of Montreal, QC and his Curry Crab Sticks, Belén Welch of Dieppe, NB and her Quinoa Cumin Bites and finally Jackie Koh of Vancouver, BC and her Smoky Korean Meatballs. Well after that batch up challenge Belén didn’t make it through so it was down to Jackie and Benjamin to battle it out for the $25,000!
The product is called the Triple S Korean Meatballs. For $7.99 you get just over 20 meatballs in a box and they are fully cooked so you just have to reheat them in the oven. With Jackie’s push to use fresh ingredients in the show I was kind of disappointed to read the back of the package and see a ton of different powders used in place of fresh ingredients or even dehydrated, I’d rather eat dried onions rather than powdered. Described on the box as being a simple blend of beef and pork, but the final creation is a deliciously complex combination of flavors – sweet, spicy and savory, these could be a winner if the flavors are there so let’s say I was eager for them to bake up.
The meatballs looked all right and were sizzling nicely when they came out of the oven but after letting them sit for a minute I noticed orange oil seeping out of the meatballs. The toasted wheat crumbs used in the meatballs also stood out to me.
After taking my first bite I noticed that the meatball was pretty smooth but those toasted wheat crumbs added an odd crunch. Flavor wise the were sweet-extremely sweet, the spice was there but the savory wasn’t right-there was no depth of flavor in the meatball, the spice also was the type of heat that hit’s you on the roof of your mouth but wasn’t to bad.
When I think back to last years winner in the same group-which ironically was also really sweet and spicy, I’d think I’d buy last years winner again, the lack of depth of flavor with these killed it but I am going to head to a Korean restaurant and try the homemade version of these because the winning concept is a great recipe.