Jun 4, 2012

Bora Bora Fireballs

As I mentioned last week, I haven't had a lot of time for crafting or renovations. So how about another fun recipe? There's always time for food, right?

This recipe is again from Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan.  Do you think that eventually I'll have reproduced every recipe in her book?  I hope so. There hasn't been a bad one yet. She's my hero.

Today's recipe is called Bora Bora Fireballs. They are basically coconut-coated meatballs, but that name will get your kids interested, won't it?

You'll need:

2 cups toasted shredded coconut
2 pounds ground meat of your choice
1 can of crushed pineapple
2 eggs
1 finely-chopped onion
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. soya sauce or coconut aminos
1.5 tsp. ginger
1 tbsp. garlic
spices of your choice

Spread the shredded coconut in a frying pan with the heat on medium high and stir occcasionally until all of the coconut is toasted a warm brown. Remove from heat. Sprinkle with a little salt and cayenne pepper, then set aside to cool.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Drain the pineapple, reserving the juice for later. Make sure the pineapple is very well drained - pressing into it with a spoon to get all of the liquid out. In a bowl, add the pineapple, eggs, ginger, salt, garlic, soya sauce, and chopped onion. Mix well. Now is the time to spice it up as much or as little as you want. Add chopped jalapenos, sriracha, pepper, chili powder, garlic powder - pretty much whatever you have in the cupboard that strikes your fancy. Mix again. Add the ground meat and mix until everything is well combined.

Arrange your bowls of coconut, pineapple juice, and meat mixture so that you have easy access.

Scoop out about a tablespoon of meat, roll it into a ball between your palms, dip it in the pineapple juice, and then roll it lightly in the coconut.

Don't get too heavy-handed with the coconut, just a thin coating. Roll the ball between your palms again to press the coconut in, and then place it on a cookie sheet. 

Once you have the sheet filled, place it in the oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes, until the meatballs are brown and sizzling.

These are great with any side dish - vegetables or pasta.  They even work as a snack - just as easy to reach for as a cookie or candy.

Do you think this is something you'd try? 
Less crazy than the "chocolate" cauliflower?


I'm linking up here this week!


Mom Photographer said...

those sound awesome!!!

Jonell said...

YES, those do look like something I would like to try..good job with your instructions and photos

Mary said...

Yes, a definite 'try' recipe!  They sound so incredibly tasty!  I would love for you to share your recipe in our recipe hop  at:
It is a weekly event and will be open until midnight Wed.  I sure hope you get a chance to drop by ☺

SarahCarletti said...

These look really good! 

BarbSteadman said...


BarbSteadman said...

Thanks! I hope you try them and love them as much as we do!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks! Hope you give them a try!

Debi Bolocofsky said...

These are great, I made them last night for dinner.  Would you link them to my Wedensday Adorned From Above Blog Hop?  I think people would love to get this recipe.
The link is:

Debi Bolocofsky
Adorned From Above

2yellowbirdsdecor said...

That sounds really good with the coconut. I am definitely going to have to try this out! Thanks so much for sharing at Thursday's Temptation.

Terry Cohoe said...

Are you kidding,.....this looks like an amazing combination. Thanks for sharing at our party this week.  Definitely pinning.

BarbSteadman said...

I hope you like it too!

BarbSteadman said...

Can't wait to hear if you like it!

Marcie said...

These look so good. I will be making these!  Please come and share these at my linky party!
Marcie @

Stacey said...

Those look delicious! Do you think they would be tasty dipped in any particular sauce/dip?  I am a dipper myself and would be interested to know what you think.  Thanks for linking up this week!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Alyssa A said...

These look really good! I would have never thought to cover meatballs in coconut, but I like coconut shrimp, so I'm sure these are good. Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday!

BarbSteadman said...

They are so good - I hope you try them!

Melissa Joulwan said...

Thanks for the recipe love! Glad you're enjoying Well Fed!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks Melissa - you're my hero! Your recipes are the best!

Callan Atalanta said...

Just made these using ground turkey. Delicious!!

BarbSteadman said...

They're my favourites too! Glad you liked them.

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