4.24.2014

MAKE THIS: Paleo Asian Pork Balls with Green Beans and Sriracha

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I post a lot of recipes on here that I've created, but I do manage to follow someone else's recipe once in a while. It takes a lot of patience, but occasionally I make it happen. I recently tried out these Paleo Meatballs, Asian Style and my mind was kind of sort of blown. There are a few prep steps involved, but it was very easy, and everything turned out perfectly.

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

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. Rinse and chop green onions.
  3. Combine ground pork, sesame oil, liquid aminos, fish sauce, sea salt, and green onions in a large bowl and mix well with clean hands.
  4. 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.
  5. Heat coconut oil on medium in the largest pan/skillet you own. 
  6. 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)
  7. 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).
  8. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake in the oven at 375 for 10-12 minutes. 
  9. While pork balls are baking, steam the green beans and then toss in a large bowl with olive oil, salt, and pepper. 
  10. 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!

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