Monday, 28 January 2013

Asian Turkey Meatballs with Sesame Lime Sauce

Meatballs don't always have to be in a tomato sauce. These are a baked Turkey Meatball with a Sesame Soy Lime Sauce. I have served them with a medley of vegetables and some rice noodles. Big Pete loved these and told me to make again soon...always a good sign.

You will need:

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground turkey - mine was dark meat
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk 
  • 1 slice bread- crust removed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp Chinese five spice powder
  • 2 inch piece of ginger (thumb sized)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • a handful of fresh cilantro/coriander -chopped (stems chopped and separated as well)
  • 2 spring onions- chopped fine
  • 1/2 fresh red chili- medium heat
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 lime juiced 
  • 1 finely chopped Spring onion
  • 1 lime finely zested

Step 1: in a food processor add ginger, garlic, cilantro, spring onions and chili. Process until fine.

Step 2: in a small bowl add coconut milk and slice of bread. Squish with your fingers and let milk absorb all the milk. You can use any kind of milk here

Step 3: add turkey and herb mixture along with coconut oil (it is solid and will melt) I like to add the coconut oil because typically the turkey does not have much fat in it (especially if you use the turkey breast meat!)

Step 4: form into large meatballs and place on a baking tray.

Step 5: in a small bowl create your sauce. Add the soy sauce, sesame oil, grated ginger, rice wine vinegar, honey and lime juice.

Step 6:Bake at 425 degrees F for 20-30 minutes. Meatballs should be cooked through and nicely browned on top. I served mine with some rice noodles that I tossed with a medley of crunchy vegetables and some of the sesame soy lime sauce and finally a good grating of fresh lime zest on top. 

1 comment:

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