Allez cuisine!

For those of you that don’t recognize that phrase, that is the saying that begins the cooking competition on a television show called Iron Chef.
There is an original Japanese version that is too awesome for words. Then American television thought they could remake it.
It is much less awesome.
But I digress.
The MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group I belong to held an Iron Chef competition this morning.
And by that I mean: each team was given an hour, some very common ingredients, plus a meat, and one secret ingredient to create a main dish and a dessert to be judged by non-competing members.
I like to cook, so this competition was a blast for me.
Not to mention my team won.
I just wanted to share the winning meal.
I wish I could give you exact measurements and things, but when there are six women cooking by the seat of their pants, nobody is measuring anything. But I think you can get the general idea.

Asian Style Meatballs with a Creamy Pear Lime Honey Sauce

1 lb ground beef
2 slices of bread (usually stale, but we used fresh today)
1 egg
1/2 chopped onion
ginger powder
chili powder
garlic powder
salt and pepper

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl with your hands.
Yes your hands.
Meat feels good on your hands. Squish it. Love it.

Form small meatballs (about 1.5 inches in diameter) and cook them on all sides in a frying pan. Use a little oil if you are afraid of stickage. But honestly, with ground beef, you should be fine.

1 pear, diced small
about 1/2 cup honey
juice and zest of one lime
1/2 cup (ish???) of plain yogurt

Cook pear, honey, lime juice, and lime zest of medium high heat to reduce a bit. Let cool and stir in yogurt.
**We were given regular old Dannon, but I think Greek yogurt would make the sauce a bit creamier.

We served these crazy meatballs over some white rice with soy sauce and garlic powder. The pear sauce was poured generously over the top of both.