Monday, November 29, 2010

The Best Asian Meatball Subs

(I could not, COULD NOT, get a good picture of these, so this is courtesy of Food Network Magazine.) HE LOVED, DOUBLE-LOVED these. Yes, HE, my Hubbs, ate these TWO days in a row! The "no-leftovers-for-me" man of the house gobbled up every delicious speck of these meatballs. They have quite the twist from a normal meatball sub, with just the right amount of asian flare. Try them. TRY THEM and tell me that you did! (P.S. we ate these as meatball subs one day and formed them into "ham"burger patties the next...yummmmm!)

The Best Asian Meatball Subs
Printable Version

1 slice white sandwich bread
1 1/2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon soy sauce
5 scallions, white and green parts separated
1 1/4 pounds ground pork
3 large cloves garlic, finely grated
1 tablespoon finely grated peeled ginger (about a 2-inch piece)
1/3 cup water chestnuts, drained, rinsed and chopped
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup hoisin sauce
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
3 to 4 teaspoons Asian chili-garlic sauce
Peanut or vegetable oil, for frying
1 cup bean sprouts
4 7-inch-long pieces baguette, split open

Tear the sandwich bread into small pieces, then toss with the milk and soy sauce in a large bowl. Let stand 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, mince the scallion whites. Cut the scallion greens into thin 2-inch-long strands. Put the strands in a bowl of ice water and refrigerate while you make the meatballs.
Add the scallion whites, pork, garlic, ginger, water chestnuts, egg, cilantro, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, 1 1/4 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper to the bowl with the bread; mix until combined. Gently form into 16 golf ball-size meatballs. Put the meatballs on a baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 to 4 hours.
Stir the hoisin sauce, mayonnaise, 11/2 tablespoons lime juice, the chili-garlic sauce and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Heat about 1 1/2 inches peanut oil in a large, wide saucepan over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees F. Add the meatballs in batches and cook, turning occasionally, until browned and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
Drain the scallion greens and toss with the bean sprouts, the remaining 1 tablespoon lime juice and a pinch of salt in a bowl. Spread the hoisin mayonnaise on the inside of the baguette pieces, then fill with the meatballs and top with the scallion-sprout mixture.

Recipe from Food Network Magazine
Serves 4.


Melanie said...

Chels - these look amazing. I'm totally adding them to our dinner rotation. Thanks for the inspiration!

Ashley Wray said...

These sound so tasty! Andrew is anti-meatballs after I may have undercooked some a few years bad :) But I bet he will change his tune after I make these!

AmandaS said...

Wow! whoever bought you Food Magazine must be totally awesome!
These look fab.

HRoss said...

Do you think you could bake these instead?

Chelsea and Cody said...

Hross...yes, I do think that you could bake them! That is a good idea for a healthier version of this meal!

HRoss said...

Thank you, I think I will give that a try!

Anonymous said...

I think I really should give this a try. Love the twist in this recipe. Thanks.
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