Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins
This recipe comes from the May 2007 issue of Gourmet magazine. This is a quick, delicious meal. Something different from the normal weeknight routine. Hope you enjoy it! Serve over steamed white rice. (One reviewer said that they substituted ground beef for the pork/veal and it turned out great that way too.)
- 1⁄4 cup whole milk
- 1⁄4 cup fine dry breadcrumb
- 3⁄4 lb ground pork
- 3⁄4 lb ground veal
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1⁄2 cup canned sliced water chestnuts, rinsed, drained, and finely chopped
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus
- 1⁄4 cup fresh cilantro stem
- 5 tablespoons soy sauce
- 4 teaspoons sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 500°F.
- Pour milk over bread crumbs in a large bowl and stir until liquid is absorbed. Add ground meat, egg, water chestnuts, salt, chopped cilantro, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, and 2 teaspoons oil and mix with your hands until combined well. Shape 3 tablespoons meat mixture into a ball and transfer to a 13- by 9-inch glass baking dish. Make more meatballs with remaining mixture, arranging meatballs about 1/2 inch apart in baking dish. Bake until cooked through, about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, stir together lime juice, water, sugar, remaining 4 tablespoons soy sauce, and remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a bowl until sugar is dissolved.
- Transfer meatballs to a serving dish. Stir sauce, then drizzle meatballs with 1 tablespoon sauce and sprinkle with cilantro sprigs.
- Serve meatballs with remaining sauce.
Great meatballs, great sauce, loved the crunch of the water chestnuts in it. I only had one pound of ground turkey, so that is what I used, and it worked well. I also used nonfat milk and only a quarter of the sesame oil/sugar for our tastes. Served these with rice and Chinese broccoli, with some of the sauce over them too, and it was a yummy meal (though I wouldn't call it a weeknight meal since the making of the meatballs does take a bit of time).
I thought the taste and texture of the meatballs were very good. But the sauce was too skimpy and kind of blah for me. I'm searching for a lime/soy/sesame sauce that works better. But again, I thought the meatballs were yummy.
I make this a few times a year now, everyone loves it.