Delicious! Lion's Heads Meatballs In Spicy Coconut Sauce has amazing Asian flavors and is a fun dish to make. Serve hot over rice or noodles and garnish with chopped basil and grated lemon peel. This exceptional recipe is compliments of cookbook author Ying Chang Compestine.
- 1/2 cup unsweetened light coconut milk
- 1/2 cup soy milk
- 3 tablespoons MAGGI Seasoning Sauce, divided
- 1 tablespoon MAGGI TASTE OF ASIA Sweet Chili Sauce
- 1 pound lean ground pork or beef
- 1/2 cup chopped green onions
- 1/4 cup chopped water chestnuts
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 4 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon peeled, finely chopped fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves or Thai basil leaves
- 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
- Hot cooked rice or noodles
COMBINE coconut milk, soy milk, 2 tablespoons seasoning sauce and sweet chili sauce in small bowl. Cover and refrigerate.
PLACE pork, green onions, water chestnuts, cornstarch, sesame oil, ginger, flour and remaining 1 tablespoon seasoning sauce in large bowl. Knead by hand until ingredients are thoroughly combined and mixture becomes sticky. Divide mixture into 10 equal portions, about 1/4 cup each. Roll each portion into a ball. Set balls on an oiled plate.
HEAT vegetable oil in large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, swirling to coat sides. Add meatballs; pan-fry, turning occasionally, for about 8 to 10 minutes or until browned on all sides. Drain on paper towel.
BOIL coconut milk mixture in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add meatballs; cover. Reduce heat to low; cook for 8 minutes. Remove meatballs. Increase heat to medium-high and boil for 1 minute or until sauce is thickened. Pour over meatballs. Garnish with basil and lemon peel. Serve hot over rice or noodles.
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We absolutely love this recipe! I add a heaping tablespoon of brown sugar for sweetness. I've served it over both rice & noodles - we prefer rice! Hoisin sauce is a nice replacement for the chili sauce (just add a dash of red pepper). Also, a whole can of coconut milk is better and I've used regular milk, rice, & soy without any change to flavor. Enjoy! :)