Friday, August 24, 2012

Clean Fridge Thai Meatballs

Okay, so it's in between those pesky paydays and the fridge needs a cleaning. SO, what else does one do but start tossing things together. I have a small garden (with an interesting combination of produce) that happens to have lemongrass and mint in it. Now, I LOVE the flavors of lemongrass but have honestly never cooked with it. I have some organic ground beef in my freezer, so i started mixing things together and seeing what happened and came up with some tasty meatballs. I didn't measure anything so I'm guessing at the measurements. Feel free to make this recipe work for you and tweek as needed.

1 lb. Ground beef
1 sprig mint (chopped)
Small Squeeze of ginger paste
2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1 tsp. ground chili powder
1/2 tsp. Garlic powder

Mix everything together, and make sure not to over mix or you will have dry chewy meatballs.

5 "Sprigs" of lemongrass coarsley chopped.
1/2 C. Milk
2 Tbl. Heavy whipping cream
1 tsp. Curry paste
1 Tbl. ginger paste
1 1/2 tsp. Tahini
1 Clove minced garlic

In a medium saucepan heat the milk, cream and lemongrass together on low until the lemongrass has infused the milk. Strain the lemongrass out of the milk and return to burner. Turn heat up to medium and add remaining ingredients. Cook in medium for 2-3 minutes, until flavors have had the chance to mingle.

Roll your meatballs into desired size and place in pot with sauce. Cook on medium heat, making sure to roll around meatballs so they cook evenly on all sides.

Enjoy over rice, Lettuce or all on it's own.


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