51. Czech Republic: Czech Meatballs

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It’s kind of a hype to go on a citytrip to the Czech Republic, a few years ago nobody even knew about Czech Republic but then they discovered the supposedly hauntingly beautiful city of Prague. These days are hear everybody going on and on and on about Prague that I think I can draw a map of the entire city without even having been there! You might hear a little envy in my writing voice today, since I having been wanting to go to Prague for so long! But then again, almost every place I wrote about until now I want to go. In fact when researching for all these countries I feel like a kid in a candy store who is not allowed to touch or taste anything.  My friends have started to sigh whenever I go on and on about the particular country I am working on that week. 
  • The Czech invented defenestration: Defenestration means throwing someone out of a window and the Czechs were the first ones to coin the term back in 1618 when two Imperial Governors and their secretary were thrown out of a window of Prague Castle and started the 30 years war.
  • World famed Italian writer and legendary lover Giacomo Casanova spent the last years of his life at Waldstein’s castle in Duchov (Bohemia) where he worked as a librarian, wrote his most famous book (The Story of My Life) and died at the age of 73.
  • As you can’t talk about Italians without mentioning food, it’s hard to talk about Czechs without pulling beer in the discussion.
  • The Czech Republic is castle capital of the world. Given its location in the center of Europe, there were armies from all sides who always wanted to come through what is today the Czech Republic. As such, they built a lot of castles. Over 2,000 of them!
  • When someone asks “How are you?”, the polite response is not “I’m fine thank you”, but “Ah, I feel like sh*t” or whatever is actually on your mind. Being super happy can be seen as bragging or being false.

These are so perfect! They are incredibly tasty and easy to make for big group of people! Total Winner!

Czech MeatballI managed to make about 20 ping pong ball sized meatballsIngredients: 1 clove garlic minced, 1/2 tablespoon salt, 1 tablespoon caraway seeds, 1 tablespoon ground paprika, 1 tablespoon ground black pepper, 1 cup fresh parsley leaves minced (about 1/4 cup), 1 tablespoon grainy mustard, 1 large egg, 2 pounds ground pork
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the garlic, salt, caraway seeds, paprika, pepper, parsley, mustard, and egg with a fork until combined. With your hands crumble the pork into the bowl and knead until all of the ingredients are incorporated.
  3. Moisten your hands with water and shake to remove excess. Measure a level tablespoon of pork and roll into a ball between your palms.
  4. Line up the meatballs on the prepared baking sheet
  5. Slide the meatballs into the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes,  turn them at about halfway into your baking time. Bake until golden brown and cooked through.