Saturday, September 8, 2012

Curried Meatballs & Coconut Noodles

This was my first time to make homemade meatbals, so as I thought about making them, I decided to do a twist on the traditional spaghetti and meatballs.  I wanted to give it an Asian twist, so I came up with the idea of adding a green curry paste to pork and noodles to give them the flavors I love.
I made the meatballs in the oven, and even at that point, if you wanted to just enjoy them with a sweet chili sauce, you absolutely could.  Even if you saved the leftovers for the next day to add to noodles, you could do that too!
When I set out to make this sauce, I intended to use coconut water instead of the usual coconut milk.  Since I forgot to pick up either from the store, I found myself standing in my pantry wondering what I could use to substitute them.  I spotted the coconut rum that my brother in law left from the last family potluck, and my answer was solved!  Coat the meatballs with the sauce in the pan, then add the noodles.  The entire time that I was making the sauce, my daughter was telling me that the house smelled sooooooo good, she couldn't wait to eat!  Those are words that make a mom feel good!


For the meatballs:
  • 1 lb. of ground pork
  • 2 tbsp. green curry paste
  • 1/4 c. chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp. turbinado sugar
  • 1/4 c. panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
For the sauce:
  • 2 tbsp green curry paste
  • 10 oz. coconut rum
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce or tamari or soy sauce
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 2 (8 oz.) packages of angel hair shirataki noodles
  • Torn cilantro leaves
  • Lime wedges for squeezing
  1. Mix all the ingredients for the meatballs.  Divide the mixture into 4 sections.  Each section makes about 5 meatballs that are about 1 inch each.
  2. Place the meatballs onto a large cookie sheet lined with foil or parchment.  Spray with canola spray.  Cook for 30 minutes in a 400 degree oven, or until browned.
  3. Make the sauce by combining the first 4 ingredients in a large saute pan over medium heat.  After about 5 minutes, the sauce should be reduced by about half.
  4. Add the meatballs and noodles.  Toss to mix.
  5. Add the garnish and enjoy!