Saucy Asian Meatballs with Pineapple and Lemongrass Couscous

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Pinterest is amazing. Yes it makes me want to eat and work out in equal amounts but it makes me eat delicious things and work out in awesome ways- so I’m good! I decided that I really needed to cook some more of the things on my ‘Noms’ board so I started with these- which were, in fact, wonderful. Original recipe at http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/saucy-asian-meatballs/ (I didn’t have shallots at the time so I couldn’t add them- I think they would have been really good though!

Saucy Asian Meatballs with Pineapple and Lemongrass Couscous

Ingredients: Meatballs

  • 150g mince (I used a veal and pork blend meant for bolognaise- which worked deliciously!)
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil (I may cut back on this next time though)
  • 1tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 2 small cloves garlic, minced
  • sesame seeds

Sauce

  • 2/3 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1tsp garlic, grated
  • 1 tsp sesame oil

Pineapple and Lemongrass Couscous

  • 1/3 cup dry wholemeal couscous
  • boiling water
  • small tin chopped pineapple
  • Squeezy tube of crushed lemongrass
  • salt and pepper

Method:

  1. Mix together meatball ingredients in a bowl
  2. Shape into small meatballs and place on baking paper.
  3. Bake at 180 degrees for about 10-12 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, mix the sauce ingredients together and set aside.
  5. Chop the pineapple into smaller pieces and add, with about 1/2 th juice, to the dry couscous.
  6. Add a squeeze of the lemongrass and salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Add about 1/3 cup boiling water and set aside to absorb. If it has not fluffed up, add more water. Microwave for 10-20seconds if the water is not absorbing.
  8. Arrange the plate with couscous in the middle, baby spinach and halved cherry tomatoes around the sides.
  9. Remove the meatballs from the oven, skewer with toothpicks and dip in sesame seeds.
  10. Place meatballs in the centre of the dish and drizzle with sauce.
  11. Enjoy!

I loved these and they were just as great for lunch the next day. Mmmm.

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