06.07.19

THAI INSPIRED MEATBALLS

thai inspired meatballs | designlovefest

i know, we’ve made a lot of meatball recipes around here. but we can’t help it, they’re easy to throw together, you can adjust based on what you have on hand and they’re delicious. today we’re sharing ivan’s take on a thai inspired meatball. we didn’t use egg or breadcrumbs in this recipe. not for any real reason other than we wanted to try it without. it’s a little harder to keep together before cooking but once cooked it worked out great. enjoy! – joanie

thai inspired meatballs | designlovefest

what you’ll need: 
serves 3-4

thai inspired meatballs:
• 1 lb ground chicken 
• 2 teaspoons garlic powder
• 2 teaspoons onion powder
• 2 tablespoon finely grated ginger (ginger powder works great too!)
• 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon grass (outer layers removed)
• 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
• 1/4 cup chopped basil
• salt and pepper to taste
• coconut oil

coconut rice: 
• 1 cup white rice
• coconut milk

garnishes:
• basil
• cilantro
• green onions
• red onions (soaked in water)
• lime wedges
• ground fresh chili paste (we love using samba oelek!)

thai inspired meatballs | designlovefest
thai inspired meatballs | designlovefest

• preheat oven to 350.

to make the meatballs mix together the ground chicken with all the seasonings and herbs. salt and pepper to taste. heat a large cast iron skillet on medium heat. add 3-4 tablespoons of coconut oil. begin to make the meatballs on the palm of your hands or by using a tablespoon. add the meatballs one by one and heat on each side for about 2-3 minutes or until they brown all over.

thai inspired meatballs | designlovefest
thai inspired meatballs | designlovefest

transfer the cast iron to the oven and bake for 7 minutes. remove and set aside.

• to make the coconut rice, rinse the rice until the water runs clear. in a sauce pan add the rice to 1 cup of coconut milk and 1/2 cup of water. bring to a simmer then cover until water is absorbed. remove lid and fluff the rice.

thai inspired meatballs | designlovefest
thai inspired meatballs | designlovefest
thai inspired meatballs | designlovefest

to assemble place a bed of rice on a platter. add the chicken meatballs and then the garnishes (the more fresh herbs the better!)

thai inspired meatballs | designlovefest

images by: ivan solis

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