No, not that kind of balls. These are a Japanese street food that are becoming fairly common. They are crispy on the outside, and smooth and rich on the inside. They look like this:
You make them like this:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHDmVhShE80
You can buy electric takoyaki makers at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MXCDVO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=mamaloli-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399369&creativeASIN=B000MXCDVO
They even sell the picks for turning the balls over at half time. Handymen/women might try to retask little used escargot dishes!
The reason that I mention them here is that they are the quintessential Japanese bar food, AND they are a killer combination with a lot of white wines, ranging from German Rieslings through that Sauv Blanc that you were looking for a food match to tame the acidity.
Anyone else a fan? Is this a largely west coast phenomenon? And if octopus turns you off, you can make them with something else.