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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

RECIPE: Thai-Spiced Pork Meatballs and Noodles

Thai-Spiced Pork Meatballs
with broccoli and noodles.

So I made this the other day from my HelloFresh box and then changed a few things to make it my own!  After bringing leftovers to work, it became a hit and the recipe was requested so continue below to try this simple and easy recipe!

2 cloves garlic
1 thai chili (can substitute 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper if needed)
8 oz broccoli florets (or any vegetable you'd like to use really)
10 oz. Ground Pork
1 tsp thai seasoning (do equal parts lemongrass, ginger, onion powder)
3 tbsp. soy sauce
1/2 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. sesame oil
4 oz yakisoba noodles (or any fresh noodle if you need to substitute)

Wash and dry all produce.
Bring a large pot of water to boil.
Mince garlic (pro-tip - use the flat side of your knife on top of the garlic, slam down with your fist to break the garlic up - making it easier to mince).
Finely chop the thai chili (or use the pepper substitute if needed)

Combine pork, thai seasoning, half the garlic and salt and pepper to taste (about 1/2 tsp of each should be sufficient).
Shape mixture into 1-inch meatballs - about the size of gumballs.

Heat olive oil in large pan over medium-high heat.
Add meatballs and cook, turning occasionally, until browned all over (2-4 minutes).
Pour 1/4 cup of water into pan, cover and let meatballs steam until nearly cooked through.  (2-3 minutes).  Do this a couple of times if you're weary about undercooked meat.  Uncover, reduce heat to low and let water evaporate.  Remove meatballs from pan and set aside.

Using the same pan, add oil over medium-high heat.  Add broccoli and cook until tender 3-4 minutes, tossing occasionally.  If broccoli doesn't soften, add a tbsp. of water help.  Or use whatever vegetable you'd like.  Season with salt and pepper.  Remove broccoli from pan and set aside.
Combine, 1/4 cup water, 3 tbsp. soy sauce, 1/2 tbsp. honey and sesame oil in a bowl and set aside.

Add noodles to boiling water.  Cook until al dente (about 2-3 minutes if you're using fresh noodles).  Drain, rinse under cold water to keep from overcooking and set aside.
In pan used for the broccoli, add remaining garlic, thai chili (or red pepper) and oil to pan over medium-high heat.  Cook until fragrant - around 30- seconds.  Add soy sauce mixture and cook for an addition 15 seconds. Add noodles and toss to coat evenly.

Lower heat under pan to medium.  Add another drizzle of oil. Add meatballs and broccoli.  Cook until all is combined - 1-2 minutes. 

It's as easy as that! In 30 minutes you'll be sitting down to this amazing meal with leftovers to spare!  ENJOY!

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