I'm always finding these great blogs filled with fantastic recipes and I'm bookmarking away like crazy and you want to know the only bad thing about it??? I just don't have the time to make all the great food that I want to make.
I'll see a recipe and in my head I'm already putting together my grocery list and thinking about side dishes I can make to go with it, or what main course I'd want to serve before I make this fantabulous dessert. It's a sickness I tell ya.
I have a huge basketful of recipes to try. I have stack and stacks of foodie magazine with post it's sticking out of almost every last one of them and little codes to go along with them. The ones I really, really should try soon get 3 stars, the ones I want to try but maybe not just right now get 2 stars and the ones that interest me, but I know I'm really not going to get around to, get 1 star. Those poor 1 stars will never make it into the kitchen.
I did come across a 3 star recipe on a blog called Life's Ambrosia. Des has a pretty awesome blog with lots and lots of terrific recipes. She's got more 3 star recipes than all my magazine combined.
When I saw her recipe for the Asian Pork Meatballs I immediately added the ingredients to my shopping list and lo and behold....weeks later I finally got around to making them.
These meatballs were so good that I've already added them to my Christmas Eve menu. Yup you read that right. When I have a recipe that's a hit, I add it to my Excel spreadsheet for Christmas 2009. Yes, I am that OCD. I plan on making these a bit smaller so they are appetizers size. The great part is I can make these ahead of time. Cook them before my guests arrive and pop 'em in a crock pot to keep warm.
The dipping sauce came together in about 2 minutes. How easy is that? (Ok I just sounded like Ina Garten)
Des' notes: I did choose to fry these meatballs because I wanted a crispy golden brown outside with a tender flavorful inside. If you would prefer to bake them, I would recommend drizzling them with a little olive oil before cooking them in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 30 to 35 minutes or until cooked through.
Asian Pork Meatballs with Soy Garlic Dipping Sauce
recipe from Life's Ambrosia
1 ½ pounds ground pork
½ cup finely minced onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon dried cilantro or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon roasted sesame seeds
1 egg, beaten
2 serrano peppers, minced
½ cup plain dry breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon fish sauce
¼ cup of oil (if frying)
Preheat the oven to warm setting. In a bowl combine all the ingredients except the oil. Mix well. Roll into 20 meatballs.
If frying: Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Fry meatballs in batches until they are golden brown on all sides and cooked through. About 8 to 10 minutes total. Be careful not to overcrowd the pan. Transfer cooked meatballs to the oven to keep them warm while you finish cooking the remaining meatballs.
Soy Garlic Dipping Sauce
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1-tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and serve.
I did choose to bake these and they came out perfect after about 35 minutes in the oven.