Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins
Not your traditional porcupine meatball in the slightest! A fresh combination of flavors, simmered in chicken broth and served with a delicious lemon sauce. One of my favorite meatball recipes.
- 1 cup fresh parsley leaves
- 1⁄4 cup fresh mint leaves
- 1 lb meatloaf mix (or ground beef)
- 2 large eggs, separated
- 1⁄3 cup instant rice
- 1⁄3 cup dry breadcrumbs
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 lemon
- Finely chop parsley to equal 1/2 cup and mint to equal 2 tablespoons. Place in a large bowl with meat, egg whites, rice, crumbs, salt and 2 tablespoons of water. Blend well. Shape mixture into a 1.5 inch thick square, cut into 16 pieces and roll each into a ball.
- In a small bowl, blend cornstarch with 3/4 cup water. Place in a large skillet over medium heat with chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Add meatballs and cook, covered, for 15 minutes, turning meatballs occasionally. Remove meatballs to a serving dish and keep warm. Reduce heat to low.
- Squeeze lemon to yield 2-3 tablespoons of juice. In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks with lemon juice. Stirring constantly, add 3 tablespoons of the hot broth to the yolk mixture. Gradually add back to the skillet, stirring constantly. (NOTE - do NOT skip this step; it tempers your egg yolks so that you don't end up with scrambled eggs in your sauce!).
- Simmer for 2 minutes or until sauce thickens; do not boil. Pour over meatballs and serve immediately.
I didn't use the meatball portion of the recipe as I was in a hurry to get dinner on the table so I started at step 2 using frozen meatballs and this is a great dish. The flavor is wonderful, Very lemony and rich tasting. Hubby pronounced it a keeper, and he's actually more of a red sauce loverso that was great praise for him. I'll be using this again and trying the meatball portion next time.