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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Asian Pork Meatballs & Penne with Spicy Tomato Sauce

Asian pork meatballs ? huh ?! ^-^" My spin on the recipe from my fave magazine . Been planning to roast tomatoes again for the sauce but too lazy to cut up half kilo of cherry tomatoes :P Had to use a huge can of pasta sauce instead :D

Sicilian Pork Meatballs ( from Goodhousekeeping Mag UK , 2010 )

My substitution in red

450 grams minced pork ( 250 grams )
40 grams parmesan cheese ( 30 grams cheddar cheese )
125 grams breadcrumbs ( 50 grams panko )
4-6 T chopped parsley ( about 3 T cilantro )
zest & juice of 1/2 a lemon ( 1 lime )
2 med eggs ( 1 )
1/2 tsp salt ( pinch )
50 grams plain flour ( 25 grams )

* Dump all ingredients except the flour , mix with hands and shape into balls , then roll in flour . Heat 1-2 T oil into a large skillet , panfry the meatballs until golden brown . Add 1-2 glasses of white wine or white grape juice and cook for 2-3 minutes . Add 4  bay leaves and pour enough water to cover the meatballs . Simmer uncovered for about 30 minutes until liquid has reduced and juices are syrupy .

* I just mix all the ingredients above including the flour , put it in the fridge for an hour and panfry the meatballs until done .

For the pasta :

500 grams penne
1 can ( 26.5 oz / 751 grams ) pasta sauce
100 ml tomato ketchup
2 T cream
1/2 cup water
generous 1/2 cup grated cheese
about 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
about 1/4 cup shallots , thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic , minced
1 1/2 T brown sugar
1 tsp chili flakes
1 1/2 tsps chicken powder
some ground black pepper
a pinch of salt

* Boil pasta .
* Sauté shallots until soften then add in the garlic , fry until golden brown . Pour in the pasta sauce , ketchup , water , half of the cilantro , chilli flakes and the meatballs . Stir and add chicken powder , sugar , pepper and salt  , mix well until combine then add half of the cheese and cream , adjust taste . Simmer until bubbly .
* Add in the penne , mix thoroughly then add the remaining cheese and cilantro , give another good stir . Dish up .





9 comments:

  1. I want some meatballs-yum! That last picture definitely tells me that these are delicious. It would be hard to not eat them before the pasta is ready! Great post-have a wonderful evening. Now I have to leave this post craving your meatballs....

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  2. This looks like such a great recipe, I can't wait to try it ...

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  3. I always drool over your food pics

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  4. I love everything on that plate. Can share with me :)

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  5. Gosh Ann, another lovely plate of pasta to tempt me... I need lunch now, just looking at your photos!

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  6. very cool spin on plain old meatballs! lovely photos, love the coconut!

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