The second time I made them, as is probably true to my character, I refused to use a recipe and winged it. I ended up with something that was similar, but not the same as Stupid Easy Paleo's version. I altered one ingredient, and the amount of added flavor is less, so you end up with a meat ball that still retains its Asian influence, but does so a bit more subtly.
I served it over green beans tossed in olive oil, salt, and pepper (K.I.S.S.<--if you don't know what that means, I'm sorry, we can't be friends) and with a side pool of sriracha.
Did I mention sriracha? It is the perfect sauce for this recipe, because it is simultaneously hot and sweet.
Paleo Asian Pork Balls with Green Beans and Sriracha
Recipe Adapted From: Stupid Easy Paleo's Paleo Meatballs, Asian-Style
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Servings: 20-24 meat balls, I serve 4 to each person (but my husband always ends up eating 6 or so)
Ingredients (for pork balls):
- 2 pounds ground pork (turkey works too)
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp liquid aminos
- 1 tsp fish sauce
- Sprinkle of sea salt
- 3 stems green onions
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, for browning
Ingredients (for green beans):
- 1 lb of green beans
- 2 tbsp olive oil or melted coconut oil
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 375.
- Rinse and chop green onions.
- Combine ground pork, sesame oil, liquid aminos, fish sauce, sea salt, and green onions in a large bowl and mix well with clean hands.
- Form into small balls, about 1 to 1.25 inches in diameter. I used an ice cream scooper the first time, but ended up just winging it. If you go for bigger ones, cook them for a few minutes longer than suggested. If you go for smaller ones, cook for a few minutes less.
- Heat coconut oil on medium in the largest pan/skillet you own.
- Slowly and carefully place the pork balls into the oil, fitting in as many as you can manage without crowding them so much that they touch each other. (Note: You may have to brown them in two shifts if your skillet is not large enough)
- Use a spatula to turn them a few times as they cook, so that you brown them all the way around (or as close as you can get).
- Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake in the oven at 375 for 10-12 minutes.
- While pork balls are baking, steam the green beans and then toss in a large bowl with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
- Serve pork balls over green beans, with a side of sriracha or your sauce of choice.
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
- What are your favorite paleo recipes? I want to try them!