Pretty simple this one! Hugely full of flavour though, and you’ll see why for all of the combinations of tasty spices and other things later on. So let’s crack on with this Pork, Sesame & Lemongrass Meatballs recipe, and stick in a low carb option too for those of you keeping your eyes on those (You’ll need a pack of cauli rice of course!!).
Broccoli! Take a medium head of broccoli and cut into florets. Cut those down the centre again for more bite size bits, and toss onto a baking tray with a drizzle of oil (vegetable or olive). 2 tablespoons to be exact.
Season generously with salt and pepper, then in they go for 10 minutes into a hot oven (say 180 degrees C for non fan assisted types).
Next up, grab some rice (any white rice of your liking really. This is for the full carb version), and empty into a pan with just enough water to cover.
Add to the rice and water the rough outer leaves of the lemongrass for flavour infusion as they all cook, place a lid on the pot, and allow to bubble until cooked and fluffy.
Note: For the low carbers, keep a pack of cauli rice to the side to heat through at the very end before serving.
On to the fun part. This “paste” is the key flavouring for your meatballs. It’s a potent mix of lemongrass, garlic, and ginger, with chili flakes added to your desired limit for heat.
The hand blender was fine, but it couldn’t quite get down to smoothness. It took some further knife work to really bring it all together.
More fun parts. At this point though, you might want to check on your broccoli. If it “looks done”, then remove it from the oven and sit it to one side. It’ll be reheated soon, so all is fine.
Et Voila! Meatballs all set for cooking.
With this done, it’s time to serve up! Everything out of the heat, and let’s plate up!
Pork, Sesame & Lemongrass Meatballs, served 2 ways! Add the glaze as a finishing touch by drizzling all over your meal. Low carbers, due to the honey content you might want to skip this part if you’re feeling really strict, OR just allow yourself a little splash. It won’t harm in around half a teaspoon, as it is heavily watered down.
Full and low carb options for the same dish. Naturally, you can see that I have taken out the regular rice in my meal and replaced it with cauli rice (standard stuff. And I’m not even sponsored!!).
Full Carb: Approx 92g Carbs per serving | Low Carb: Approx 20g per serving.
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