Contestants (Left to Right) Adam Gertler and Jess Tom's dish, Hello Coconut Curry with Spaghetti Squash, as seen on Food Network Star, Season 14.....
Recipe courtesy of Adam Gertler and Jess Tom

Yellow Curry with Meatballs

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  • Level: Advanced
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Active: 1 hr
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings


Chicken Meatballs:

Yellow Curry Sauce:

Pickled Corn:

Crunchy Spaghetti Squash:

Toasted Coconut:


Special equipment:
a pressure cooker
  1. For the chicken meatballs: Add the salt to the ground chicken.
  2. To a food processor, add the coconut milk, curry paste, ginger, brown sugar, garlic, habanero, egg and brioche. Process until smooth.
  3. Mix the bread-egg mixture into the ground chicken until combined and then form into large meatballs. Add the meatballs and vegetable oil to a pressure cooker over medium-high heat. Turn the meatballs over and place the top on the pressure cooker. Cook under pressure for 5 minutes.
  4. For the yellow curry sauce: In a large saute pan over high heat, simmer the coconut milk with the peppers, curry paste, brown sugar, ginger, garlic and 1 cup hot water until thickened and the peppers are tender. When the desired consistency is reached, add the basil and cilantro but do not stir through.
  5. For the pickled corn: Cut the kernels off the corn cobs and combine them in a bowl with the calamansi vinegar, brown sugar and 1/2 cup hot water. Allow to marinate for 20 minutes.
  6. For the crunchy spaghetti squash: Drop the spaghetti squash cubes into a pot of boiling water and bring to a simmer. Cook for 3 minutes, until the squash is just barely soft. Drain and shock with cold water to slow down carryover cooking. Drain again.
  7. Scrape the squash flesh from the peel using your fingers; it should feel crunchy. Salt the flesh and let sit for 2 minutes before squeezing out the water (so the squash is even more crunchy).
  8. For the toasted coconut: Fry some flaked coconut in a skillet with oil until golden brown, about 90 seconds. Drain on paper towels.
  9. To plate: Spoon spaghetti squash in the center of a shallow entrée-size bowl. Top with a meatball, then ladle curry sauce over the meatball and scatter pickled corn and fried coconut over the plate.