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New Family Favorite: Savory Stuffed Fishballs Using Duru Bulgur

The challenge of preparing family meals is finding a healthy and appetizing dish that the whole household will enjoy. Especially with kids at home, serving healthy dishes can get more difficult when they have a natural aversion towards veggies. That's why as homemakers, we're always looking for inspiring recipes that's a perfect fusion of nutritious and scrumptious flavors.

As your steady partner for a healthier home, the Goodwill Market just has the perfect recipe. Kids will relish in this thrilling twist on the classic afternoon snack.

Savory Stuffed Fishballs with Duru Bulgur

We Filipinos love our merienda. From halo-halo to kakanin, quailed eggs and fishballs also rank quite popular among the many snacks we enjoyed throughout childhood. Even now in our adulthood, we may still hold these mouthfuls near and dear to our hearts. The only difference now would be how we're more health conscious. But perhaps with healthier ingredients like Duru Bulgur, we could still enjoy these beloved snacks with our kids.

Considered to be the better and healthier alternative to rice, bulgur is a low-calorie whole grain that's a brilliant source of fiber and protein. As a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine, the whole grain is broadly favored for its mild and nutty flavor.

Using this premium ingredient in our stuffed fishballs will certainly bring a mouthwatering treat for your kids. To get started, here is what you'll need:

For stuffing

  • 2 small fresh onions (chopped)
  • 2 cloves of small garlic (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons of riviera olive oil
  • 200 g whiting or asohos fish fillet (chopped as cubes)
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped dill
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley
  • Salt and black pepper

For the outer dough of fishballs

  • 1 glass of Fine Bulgur
  • 2 glasses of warm water (to wet bulgur)
  • ½ glass of cold water (for kneading)
  • 2 slices of bread crump
  • 1 teaspoon of powder chilli
  • 1 tablespoon of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt

For frying

  • Sunflower oil

For serving

  • Lettuce or iceberg lettuce

Once the ingredients have been gathered, this delightful dish would go through two phases of preparation before they're good for frying. Don't worry, we'll walk you through it.

Preparing Outer Dough

  1. Pour hot water over bulgur and let it rest for 20 minutes.
  2. When water is absorbed, add other ingredients and knead. Add cold water gradually to bring it to paste consistence. Keep kneading for a long time to bring the dough into desired consistence.

Fishball Stuffing

  1. Sauté fresh onions and garlic. Whiting fish or more natively known as Asohos will release its juice during sautéing. Char them until their skin turns to a golden brown color. Add in the chopped dill and parsley. Finish off by seasoning with salt and black pepper.
  2. Tear pieces as big as ping pong balls after the stuffing is cold and round them on your palms. Open the middle of the dough with your fingertip wide as to place a quail egg inside.
  3. Fill them with fish stuffing. Carefully close them with your fingertips.
  4. Make a smooth form with your palms by moistening your hand with warm water from time to time.

Cooking the Fishballs

  1. Heat the oil in frying pan and fry the fishballs until they take golden colour.
  2. Serve with green lettuce leaves.

Kids will certainly enjoy a mouthful of these delicious stuffed fishballs.

Serving these delicious stuffed fishballs will certainly make your kids look forward for a mouthful of these scrumptious snacks. And as parents, who wouldn't want more of these special moments? For more wholesome family recipes you can find more in our Stories section! We love giving you more ideas on how to make family meals more enjoyable. You can always rely on us for better choices. — (TGM)

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