There are a number of recipe ideas I come up with that come about due to what I happen to have in the house at the time. Normally this is in the sense that I have a few things in the fridge and I start to wonder which of them will go together and then go from there in terms of flavors – it’s one of the things I like about getting deliveries of vegetables and meat, it helps me be a bit more creative in using things I might not otherwise use as well as putting things together. These Thai basil meatballs, however, came about due to me buying some Thai basil by accident and then thinking how best to use it. I say by accident, but really I just had a bit of a ‘duh’ moment and was thinking Thai basil and Vietnamese mint were the same which of course they aren’t (the shop had Thai basil but not Vietnamese mint). So, one recipe went without and I had a pile of Thai basil to use up. A few mind jumps later and I came up with these Thai basil meatballs with peanut-basil sauce, and boy, was I glad of my mistake.
I have used pork for the meatballs here as it takes on flavor well and it’s own flavor works well with everything here. Pork is the ingredient being featured in this month’s Foodie Extravaganza as it’s national pork month and I’m really looking forward to seeing all the other recipes as pork is such a diverse meat. I think there is more difference between all the pork cuts than of any other meat and it can be used in many ways – even in the last few months I’ve used it in dishes from carbonara and bbq pork to stuffed pork tenderloin and porchetta. You can see links to all the other porky ideas being shared today by the Foodie Extravaganza bloggers below.
These meatballs are seasoned with lime zest and Thai basil giving them a fresh flavor that goes well with the delicious peanut-basil sauce. They make a great appetizer using the sauce as a dipping sauce, or you can also do as we did and make it into a full meal with some stir-fry vegetables and using the sauce drizzled over everything.
The sauce is so delicious it would be good with other variations of stir-fry as well as being a delicious dressing to an Asian chicken or noodle salad. The list of ingredients may look long, but most of them are in the same quantity and don’t take much preparation so it’s actually very easy to just put in a bit of each, and the mix of flavors really is worth it.
Making the meatballs is easy – just mix the ground pork/pork mince with the chopped Thai basil. lime zest, onion and season then mix it all up. As with most meatballs often the best way to get them properly mixed is to just get in there with your hands. I then used my tablespoon measure to scoop out nice evenly-sized amounts to roll and then cook. They don’t take long, just a few minutes each side to brown.
I’ve suggested you can have these as either an appetizer, using the basil-peanut sauce as a dipping sauce, or cooking up some vegetables to make a stir fry, but there are no doubt even more ways you could enjoy both these meatballs and the sauce. They would be good with a simple slaw/Asian salad with the sauce as a dressing and the meatballs maybe broken up a bit more. However you have them, the meatballs have a nice slightly aromatic flavor and the peanut-basil sauce is packed with deliciousness that makes for some great eating. I for one will be making them all again and hope you’ll give them a try. Then come back for more.
Thai basil meatballs with peanut-basil sauce two ways (stir fry/appetizer)
- Meatballs -
- 3/4 lb ground pork/pork mince
- 1 tbsp finely chopped Thai basil
- zest of 1 lime
- 1/4 large/1/2 small onion finely diced
- salt and pepper
- Sauce -
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp finely chopped Thai basil
- 1 tsp minced lemongrass
- 1 tsp 1-2 cloves minced garlic
- 2 tsp brown sugar
To make the meatballs, put the ground pork/pork mince in a bowl and add the Thai basil, lime zest onion and some salt and pepper. Mix well to ensure the seasonings are well distributed - I find this works best getting your hands in there.
Form the meatballs into little balls - I do this using a tablespoon measure and scooping out slightly heaped spoonfuls then rolling them in my hands to smooth them out.
Make the sauce by mixing together all of the sauce ingredients and stirring so that there are no lumps and the sugar dissolves.
Cook the meatballs by heating a large skillet/frying pan over a medium heat and add a little vegetable oil. Fry the meatballs for a couple minutes on at least two sides, but ideally three or four until they go slightly brown but don't burn.
To make into a stir fry, cut vegetables of your choice (eg pepper, carrot, zucchini/courgette, roughly 1 whole of each for two people) into thin strips, cook for a couple minutes in a stir-fry pan or skillet/frying pan then add in the cooked meatballs. Serve over rice or noodles with the sauce poured over the top.
See all the other porky recipes being shared as part of this month’s Foodie Extravaganza:
BBQ Pulled Pork with Mac and Cheese Flatbread by From Gate to Plate
Chili Verde Pork Posole by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Freezer-friendly Spicy Pork Burrito by Brunch with Joy
Healthy Sausage and Rice by Fearlessly Creative Mammas
Italian Sausage No Crust Quiche by Cookin’ and Craftin’
Jamie Olivier’s Pork Roast with Crackling by G’Gina’s Kitchenette
Mojo Shredded Pork with Black Beans and Rice by Our Good Life
Parmesan Spinach Stuffed Pork Loin by Cooking with Carlee
Pork and Apple Pie by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Pork Chops with Spiced Apples by Sew You Think You Can Cook
Pork Meatball Mini Subs by The Freshman Cook
Pork Schnitzel by Making Miracles
Spicy Sticky Pork Ribs by Food Lust People Love
Sweet and Sour Pork by Tara’s Multicultural Table
Thai Basil Meatballs with Peanut-Basil Sauce Two Ways by Caroline’s Cooking
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