This recipe is a long time coming. I first made this dish for the Sacramento food blogger potluck, hosted by Elise from Simply Recipes. The potluck was a lot of fun and it was great to meet some local food aficionados. And while it’s generally not a good idea to make a brand new dish for a group of strangers, this one looked too good to pass up. The dish was such a success that I made it a few weeks later for a house warming party.
The seasonings are perfect in these meatballs and the sweet/salty peanut sauce add the perfect touch. You can serve these up two different ways: with toothpicks for dipping or served over rice with peanut sauce poured on top. These would be great with a pasta sauce as well, just be sure not to use too many seasonings in the sauce otherwise the meatballs will be overpowered.
Indonesian Pork Meatballs:
1lb 95% lean ground pork (ground pork tenderloin)
2T oat flour
1/4 cup green onions, finely chopped
1/4t ground allspice
1/4t ground coriander
1/8t black pepper
1 egg white (2T egg substitute)
Peanut Dipping Sauce:
1/2 cup creamy natural peanut butter w/ salt
1T soy sauce
1T lime or lemon juice
1T fresh grated ginger or 2t ground ginger
1T chili powder
1/4 cup unsalted peanuts, chopped
1/2 cup skim, coconut or soy milk
1. Combine all meatball ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Shape into 1″ meatballs. For oven: Bake in a nonstick baking dish at 375 degrees for 30 minutes, stirring them around half way through. For microwave: Cook on high for 4 minutes, stir, and cook on high for an additional 4 minutes. Makes about 30 meatballs.
2. Whisk together all the sauce ingredients except for the milk. Once mixed together well, whisk in the milk. Microwave or heat in a saucepan until warm.
3. Stick toothpicks in the meatballs use the dip as an appetizer or serve the meatballs over brown rice and cover with peanut sauce.
Every time I make this I modify the sauce. Being the peanut butter addict that I am, I’m constantly on the quest for the ultimate peanut sauce and am never satisfied, but this is the best so far. Do you have the ultimate peanut sauce recipe?
While not quite a vegetarian recipe, the peanut sauce is vegan and the recipe as whole is still gluten-free!
* Recipe image courtesy of Chucrute com Salsicha (I forgot my camera the day of the potluck).