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asian meatballs in garlic-black bean sauce w/ peanut fried rice

asian meatballs 5 12-30-2009 3-30-43 PM Happy new year! 2010 is going to be a good one, yes? Nod your head yes. Good! My new year is already off to a good start, I have no oven but that's ok because soon I will be in my own kitchen. One month to go. My current landlord wants to try and repair the 36-year old oven. Whatev.... What did everyone eat for new year's? Leftovers? Or did you try something new? I tried something new and very tasty. This latest creation comes from the help of a very good blogging friend. She's a california buddy, so that makes her super cool. She's keeping an eye on California for me until I move back there. And when we chatted on the phone it was like we were best friends: all giggly and non-stop talking. Esi over at Dishing up Delights made these asian meatballs that literally made me print them out, throw the recipe in my to-make pile and then forget about it (I hate when I do that). But then I saw her food porn photo again and just had to make them, asap. She makes a lot of good meatball recipes: Esi the meatball maker! These meatballs were so good. You must try them. If you love the taste of ginger, this is it. I took her recipe and of course kicked it up a few knotches by adding in a sauce and swapping out the noodles for peanut fried rice. Can I tell you the smell in the house while these were cooking was so warming, so tempting, so, well good. It lingered in the house for a couple days too. I had leftovers and to be honest I ate them cold. Yes, a cold asian meatball sandwich with shredded carrots, lettuce all wrapped up in warmed Naan bread. Oh yeah! So good! I think I got all the ingredients down for the recipe. I never really measure when I'm cooking. I always measure when I'm baking but never cooking. I sort of eyeball what needs to go in there. So, that's why you'll see a lot of "or so" when I type out recipes. Basically add in as much or as little as your cute little tastebuds like. OK? asian meatballs in garlic black bean sauce over peanut fried rice print recipe Meatballs: ¾ pound ground pork 1/4 cup grated white onion 1 egg 3 fresh garlic cloves, minced 2 ts fresh ginger, grated 1/4 ts salt 1/8 ts black pepper ½ ts red chili pepper flakes 2 ts soy sauce ½ cup (or so) panko flakes Chopped scallions or chives, for garnish Garlic-honey black bean sauce: 2 TB (or so) honey 4 TB (or so) black bean garlic sauce 4 – 5 TB (or so) of soy with ginger sauce (or ginger like sauce) Dash of pepper Peanut Fried Rice: 3-4 cups (or so) of cooked rice (any kind is good, I’ve even used pilaf) 1 ts canola oil (for pan, might need more) 1-2 TB chopped garlic ¼ cup (or so) of fresh, chopped carrots (chopped into strips) 4 green onions, chopped ¼ - ½ cup of chopped water chestnuts ¼ - ½ cup of chopped bamboo shoots A couple dashes of soy sauce ¼ cup of dry roasted peanuts Soy sauce to taste (a couple dashes) 3 TB of pad thai sauce (or a sweet & sour sauce) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Combine meatballs ingredients in a bowl, mix well and form 1 to 1-1/2 inch meatballs. In a large fry pan heat up some canola oil and fry the pork meatballs. Get them nice and brown on all sides then transfer to a preheated 400 degree oven and finish cooking off. About 15 minutes. recipe by dawn finicane. Drain off the oil from the large skillet, leave a bit of oil in there along with any bits from bottom of pan. In a bowl combine all the ingredients for the black bean sauce, mix well, then transfer to back to the reheated large skillet and stir. Get the sauce nice and bubbly then add back in the meatballs. Coat the meatballs well in the sauce. To make the fried peanut rice, just heat up a bit of canola oil in a large skillet or wok. Add in the garlic, then add in the rice, stir well, add in the carrots, the bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, and peanuts. Mix this well. Then make a small well in the middle of the wok and add in the pad thai sauce, soy sauce, then incorporate into the rice. When all is mixed through, sprinkle on the chopped green onions, and combine. Serve immediately.

50 comments:

  1. Happy New year Dawn! This looks delicious!

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  2. Those sound awesome! We did prime rib on NYE and tonight we are fondueing steak and chicken and spuds.

    Happy New Year! Can't wait till you can post your new digs :)

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  3. This looks SO GOOD. I haven't eaten anything but a muffin and a few cheese and crackers all day. I would totally welcome this dish. Meatballs AND rice.

    We had subs (which were horrible) and some cheese, crackers, shrimp cocktail later in the evening. I had made a cake and we forgot we even had it so it never got touched!! Oh, I also had about 5 cranberry & absolute. ;o)

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  4. I love Esi's blog! These meatballs look fantastic, even great cold. Happy new year!

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  5. Looks fantastic. I had meatballs yesterday, too -- but it wasn't like this.

    Happy New Year Dawn!!!

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  6. happy new year - what a great looking dish -

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  7. Happy New Year, my friend! That plate is mouth watering!

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  8. Dawn, I love you! I am so loving the way you made these and peanut fried rice!! Happy new year! So excited for your move :)

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  9. That damn landlord..does she know who she is messin with? Yummy recipe Mizz Dawn

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  10. What a great meatball twist - they look fabulous! Happy New Year!

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  11. the combination looks wonderful!Happy New Year!

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  12. i'm glad your year is off to a fabulous start, dawn! even as someone who shies away from asian cuisine, i have a great attraction to this recipe. i think the black bean sauce is reeling me in. :)

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  13. Bookmarking this one, it looks so yum

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  14. That looks amazing! It's going on my must-make list, too! Happy new year!

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  15. somehow, there's something abt the black bean sauce that attracted my attention, not much of a meatball person though :p

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  16. wow! That's a very good start! I have to try making those balls...happy 2010!

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  17. Of course 2010 is gonna be good, great in fact! I ate shrimp but would eat this in a heartbeat!

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  18. Sweet... I have cute taste buds :)

    2010 is gonna be awesome for us. Why? Because we deserve it and we're positive cats.

    The bigger question is what other cool baking ideas are in that fabulous head of yours?

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  19. Looking fabulous! The meatballs glisten amazingly!

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  20. Wow! That is a TERRIFIC creation...genius! I love this Asian spin on the ultimate American comfort food!

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  21. This one went immediately into the make pile on the computer...really great recipe and photo... the rice is an excellent idea with meatballs.

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  22. I was drooling at Esi's post on these and here is no different. These look great - especially on the peanut fried rice! Happy New Year!

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  23. i have started doing the "or so" more and more :) hope that oven gets fixed asap!!

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  24. This looks SO good. Oh Man, like run to the store to get the pork and make it kind-of-good!

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  25. Agreed...we all need to look through our to-make file! You found a lovely recipe and yes, your photo is pure food porn. I can imagine it was delicious cold too.

    Last of my kids leaves today so I am fooded out! Never takes me long to recover though.

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  26. Happy New Year Dawn!

    What a fabulous way to start a new year, gorgeous recipe!

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  27. This looks so yummy and tasty! I always like a good meatball! ;)

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  28. This loks absolutely deeeevine!!!!

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  29. I loveeeeeee Esi and all of her fabulous recipes and beautiful pictures. I've actually made these before for Josh and he thought they were outstanding. Hope you are having a Happy New Year!!

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  30. I'll say those meatballs are a Happy New Year...wow.

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  31. omg those meatballs, i would just eat those straight... drool

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  32. I am so making this, this week. I bought the pork today!

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  33. Oh my goodness - this looks absolutely amazing!!

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  34. Oh man the flavors just POP with this recipe. Let's see...I had lobster tail, colossal shrimp...melted butter to dip them in, rice pilaf, salad, french bread, cinnamon bread pudding, bundt cake and champagne with strawberries. I WAS IN HEAVEN. Lol!

    Happy New Year, Dawn!!

    Michelle and the kitties

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  35. Happy New Year...this is a must make for me too!

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  36. Wow...this looks so good, Dawn. Did you have a good New Year's Eve? Party hard? lol. I wish you the best in 2010, my friend and look forward to hearing all about the new house. I hope to chat with you soon and take care.
    Mind sending me a few of these meatballs? ;)

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  37. Mmm, this looks delicious. I have some pre-made meatballs already in the freezer, but bet I could add your sauce ideas and turn them from boring to special. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  38. I sure wish I could eat that for lunch today - it looks so tasty. I especially love the peanut fried rice.

    The french toast down below has me drooling. Mmmmmm.

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  39. Hello dawn!! What a lovely, colourful & tasty looking dish!


    A must try! Thanks!

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  40. How interesting!! Love this asian inspired recipe :)

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  41. 2010 will be the BEST! Looking forward to all the good to come for everyone. These meatballs look good too! Saw them on Esi's site, and you gave them a nice twist.

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  42. oh my, this looks absolutely delicious. Reading all the ingredients, I imagine all the flavors would balance out really nicely. Peanut fried rice sounds good enough to eat on its own, even.

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  43. Mmmm, mmmm. I made your sauce and it was delicious. Hope you don't mind, I've posted a link to this :) Thanks for the yummy recipe.

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  44. Oh wow, these look amazing! Happy New Year and good luck w. that oven :)

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  45. I'm totally the same way I always measure when baking (naturally) but I hever measure anything when i'm cooking savory food! I like to wing it. Hmmm, i've had italian meatballs, Mexican meatballs, and swedish meatballs, but never asian meatballs. Must try!

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  46. I think the flavorings would work well with chicken or beef meatballs, too. I'm going to try it.

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  47. I hope 2010 does get better than 2009. Too much stress last year! I'm obsessed with black bean sauce. It's one of my favourites asian sauces along with Korean BBQ.

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  48. Just made the meatballs and sauce for lunch and had over some rice pilaf. A party in your mouth!

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  49. Another one I am starring. This is right up my alley...I would love those meatballs girl!

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