Updated: Apr 27, 2022
I've only made this recipe a handful of times but this will definitely not be the last. These meatballs are asian-inspired with hints sweet, spicy, salty, and paired with coconut rice and veggies to make for an amazing combo! What's even better, you can add all your favourite veggies to personalise it and make it as balanced of a meal as you like.
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
1 lb lean ground beef (pork works great here too)
1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
1 clove garlic
Salt & Pepper
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 1/2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp hot sauce
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tbsp flour
1/2 cup water
3-4 cups of your favourite veggies, chopped (I used sugar snap peas and zucchini)
2 cloves garlic
300 ml Coconut Milk
1 1/2 cups Jasmine rice
Salt & Pepper
Preheat oven to 400. Heat a skillet to medium heat. Bring 2 cups water in a medium saucepan to a boil.
Chop the veggies and crush the garlic. Add the rice and the coconut milk to the boiling water and reduce the heat to medium low. Cover and cook until rice is tender (15-20 minutes).
Combine the meatball ingredients, in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Roll the mixture into 16 1 1/2-inch balls and transfer to a foil-lined sheet. Bake for around 15 minutes.
Add 1 tbsp of oil or butter into the skillet, then the veggies, salt and pepper, and 2 cloves of garlic. Cook until tender (about 10 minutes). Once done, remove from pan.
Use the same pan to cook the sauce, keeping it at medium heat. First, combine all of the sauce ingredients into a bowl and mix without heat. Then, pour into the pan and bring the sauce to a bubble, allowing it to thicken but stirring often .
When meatball are done, add to the skillet with the sauce and toss to combine.
Fluff the coconut rice with a fork and serve immediately.
Tip: Top this with some green onions and shredded coconut (even better: toasted coconut if you have it on hand).
As you can see, these aren't super saucy but the flavour of both the meatball sauce and the coconut rice make up for it! Trust me, you don't want to over-power the coconut rice in this dish.
Give these a try and let me know how it goes!
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