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Try these mor­eish savoury balls paired with roasted ku­mara.

CHICKEN & CHEESE BALLS WITH ROAST KU­MARA CHUNKS

Ready in: 35 min­utes Prep: 20 min­utes Cook: 20 min­utes Serves: 4-5 peo­ple.

Roast ku­mara chunks

600g or­ange or red ku­mara, scrubbed and diced 2cm Chicken and cheese balls

cup panko bread­crumbs (for rolling) 1 cour­gette 450g chicken mince

cup panko bread­crumbs 1 tea­spoon chicken spice mix (see recipe be­low)

tea­spoon salt 70g cheese, diced 1cm (for ex­am­ple, Colby, Edam) Chicken spice mix tea­spoon smoked paprika tea­spoon ground cumin Spinach and kiwi salad

2 tea­spoons olive oil

un­til ten­der. Turn once dur­ing cook­ing.

Place first mea­sure of bread­crumbs onto a plate and set aside. While ku­mara cooks, grate cour­gette un­til you have a cup worth. Place in a clean tea towel and squeeze out ex­cess mois­ture. Add to a bowl with chicken mince, sec­ond mea­sure of bread­crumbs, chicken spice mix and salt. Mix to com­bine us­ing clean hands.

Us­ing a ta­ble­spoon mea­sure, scoop out mince mix­ture, take a piece of cheese and com­pletely en­case it in mince mix­ture, rolling into a ball. Place balls onto plate with bread­crumbs and roll to coat with crumbs. Heat a driz­zle of oil in a large fry-pan on medium-high heat. Cook chicken and cheese balls for about 3-4 min­utes, un­til browned on all sides. Trans­fer to sec­ond pre­pared tray and fin­ish cook­ing in oven for 5-7 min­utes, un­til cooked through.

In a medium bowl, whisk oil and vine­gar. Dice cu­cum­ber 1cm; scoop out flesh from ki­wifruit (dis­card­ing skin) and roughly chop; roughly chop baby spinach leaves. Add all to bowl with dress­ing, toss to com­bine and sea­son.

In a small bowl, com­bine may­on­naise and sweet chilli sauce. To serve, di­vide roast ku­mara chunks, chicken and cheese balls be­tween plates. Serve spinach and kiwi salad and sweet chilli mayo on the side.

Chicken and cheese balls with roasted ku­mara.

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