I have had one type of meatball my entire life: Italian. Now, I absolutely love Italian food. I can eat it any day, at any time. But today, I was craving two completely different things. Italian and Asian at the same time! Those two flavors don’t normally go together. They have two different spice schemas. Well I couldn’t just choose between the two, so I compromised. I combined the delicate and succulent Italian meatball with the SHABAM of Asian spices. Here goes nothing 🙂
- 1 lb Ground Pork
- 1/2 cup Spinach, chopped
- 1/2 cup Yellow Onion, diced
- 1/2 tablespoon Garlic Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
- 1/4 cup Breadcrumbs (Italian or plain)
- 1/8 cup Parmesan Cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon Curry Powder (use a 1/4 teaspoon more for a stronger taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon of Ground Ginger (use a 1/4 teaspoon more for a stronger taste)
- 1 Egg
For those of you out there who don’t really like your veggies that much, or you are a parent with finicky eaters, I can give you three alternatives to this recipe. One: You can half the amount of onions and spinach required. So instead of 1/2 cup, just add 1/4 cup of onion and spinach. Two: you can mince them so tiny that they will barely notice. If they see the “green stuff,” just say it is parsley. I used to get my sister with that one all the time. Or option three: take the stuff out all together, but that would make me really sad 😦
Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Step 2: Spray a baking sheet. Make sure the sheet has borders so that way the juice from the meatballs do not flow into your nice oven.
Step 3: Chop your fresh spinach or defrosted spinach. Dice your yellow onion (you can also use a white onion). Add our veggies to a medium size bowl
Step 4: Add your defrosted ground pork to the bowl.
Step 5: Add all the rest of your ingredients: breadcrumb, salt, pepper, curry, ginger, Parmesan cheese, and garlic powder. Then crack one egg into the bowl.
Step 6: Here is the fun part: Mix it all up until well incorporated.
Step 7: Roll spoonfuls of meat mixture into balls. Place on pan.
Step 8: Bake for about ten minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for about two minutes. Pork meatballs will not be the same color of brown that beef would get. It will be more of a lighter brown.
*Tip: A way to know when pork is done cooking is when it is emitting clear liquid.
Step 9: Serve with soy sauce and enjoy!