Thai Meatballs

Total Time:
45 min
20 min
5 min
20 min

4 to 6 servings

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined shrimp, ground or chopped finely
  • 2 tablespoons minced lemongrass
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 Thai chiles, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup fresh Thai basil leaves, chopped
  • 3/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • Olive oil
  • Carrot shavings, for garnish
  • Chopped roasted peanuts, for garnish
  • Peanut Dipping Sauce, recipe follows
  • Peanut Dipping Sauce:
  • 1 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

  • Combine the pork, shrimp, lemongrass, sesame seeds, lime juice, chiles, ginger, garlic, basil, cilantro, mint, soy sauce, fish sauce, breadcrumbs and eggs in a large mixing bowl and mix by hand until thoroughly incorporated. Drizzle the olive oil into a 9 by 12-inch baking dish, making sure to evenly coat the entire surface.

  • Roll the mixture into round, golf ball size meatballs, making sure to pack the meat firmly.

  • Place the balls into the oiled baking dish such that all the meatballs are lined up evenly in rows and are touching each of their 4 neighbors in a grid.

  • Roast until firm and cooked through, about 20 minutes. Allow the meatballs to cool about 5 minutes before removing from the baking dish.

  • Garnish with shaved carrots and chopped roasted peanuts. Serve with Peanut Dipping Sauce.

  • This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.

Peanut Dipping Sauce:
  • Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk well to combine.

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