Friday, November 19, 2010

Tennessee "Oriental" Meatballs...and a Romantic Getaway to the Inn at Evins Mill

Carmac Falls, Smithville, TN
The Inn at Evins Mills
Several years ago my husband and I decided we needed a romantic little getaway. We only had the weekend, didn't want travel too far away from home, but didn't want to sacrifice the opportunity for a lovely setting, great food and wonderful hospitality at a tranquil bed and breakfast. We were living in Middle Tennessee at the time and we started our internet search for the perfect place...and we found it! The Inn at Evins Mill is a unique and picturesque bed and breakfast located in Smithville, Tennessee. It is nestled in the bluffs near Center Hill Lake, with rooms providing breathtaking views. It even has its own waterfall, Carmac Falls! My husband and I hiked the trails in October years ago to the base of the waterfall to take in its beauty. We made so many wonderful memories here! Fine dining is offered by the executive chefs at the Inn at Evins Mill. Activities at the inn include darts, billiards, golfing, fishing, boating and much more, so there is something for everyone, indoors and out! Or, just take it all in and REST! The proprietor, William Cochran, is cordial and welcoming and, along with his wonderful staff, makes sure your stay is a memorable will be planning your next trip back before you leave! How romantic is the Inn at Evins Mill? William met his wife, Eden, at this very inn, so how's that for a testimony to the "romantic factor" of this incredible getaway destination? I took some of the most beautiful pictures of the hiking trails, scenery and waterfall and I have those in frames. My husband and I call it "our" waterfall and we are reminded of our fantastic weekend every time we look at those pictures. To view the website for the Inn at Evins Mill and plan your getaway or special occasion, just click on THIS LINK!

Tennessee "Oriental" Meatballs
Recipe Courtesy of Chef Jason Evans and William Cochran, Proprietor of the Inn at Evins Mill

2 pounds ground beef, 80/20 ratio (The Inn at Evins Mill uses
Gourmet Pasture Beef)
4 whole eggs
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup sesame oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
1t ground ginger
2T chopped garlic
1/4t crushed red pepper flakes
2 T Dijon mustard
black pepper to taste
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 cup whole oats
(The Inn at Evins Mill uses
Tennessee Oats)

Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl, using hands with gloves is the easiest way.
Chill for one hour as they are easier to shape when they are cold.
Shape into meatballs with hands or ice cream scoop to desired size.
Place on baking pan with sides to catch excess grease.
Bake in 400F oven for 15-20 minutes or until firm.
Number of meatballs will depend on size, but for 1 ounce meatballs, you will get 30-40.
Meatballs maybe frozen prior to cooking for latter use.
Serve with any sauce you desire, stir fried vegetables or roasted winter squash.

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