Make these Thai Turkey Meatballs for your next party! They’re loaded with flavor and a cinch to make!
As much as I like to cook, there are still a few aspects of the job I don’t totally enjoy. Like any job or hobby, there are the things we love and the things we could do without. For me, one of those things I could do without is mincing garlic and ginger. It annoys me for several reasons. First, I’m terribly slow at it. In general, I’m not a very quick prep cook, but I seem to be especially slow at this task. What probably takes a normal person a minute or two (and Rachael Ray 30 seconds) takes me about 10.
And then there’s the issue of the work to reward ratio. All that peeling and ferocious mincing and what am I left with? A scant teaspoon of garlic or ginger. It’s just not nearly as satisfying as chopping up a big yellow onion.
Finally, there’s the “I’m probably going to lose a finger and/or mince my knuckle meat while doing this” issue. Am I the only one that feels like my appendages are in peril every time I mince a knob of ginger?
Of course, these two ingredients are some of the best for adding pungent, warm, spicy flavor to dishes. They also happen to be very important in Asian dishes, which is one of my favorite cuisines to make (and eat). Though not complicated to make, Asian dishes often have a long list of herbs and aromatics–garlic, ginger, chili, cilantro, lemongrass–one look and you might be tempted to move along. After all, most of us don’t have a lot of time (or knuckle skin) to spare.
That’s why I love Gourmet Garden’s stir in pastes and lightly dried herbs. I’ve used their garlic, ginger, and basil pastes in recipes like this Slow Cooker Asian Honey Sesame Beef and Garlic and Herb Roasted Turkey, but I’m a recent convert to their Thai seasoning. This single paste, which is a blend of ginger, chili, cilantro, and lemongrass, has everything you need to make killer Thai cuisine with just a squeeze.
We’re in that weird time of year where we’re supposed to be dieting, but it’s cold outside and we want ALL THE COMFORT FOODS. These Thai Turkey Meatballs fit right into that sweet spot. Packed with flavor, easy on the waistline, and a cinch to make and eat, these definitely deserve a spot on your January dinner rotation AND your Super Bowl spread. I pair them with a sweet and tangy dipping sauce for a great appetizer, or you can serve them over noodles or rice as a main dish. Either way, you’ll love these sweet and spicy Thai meatballs!
For the dipping sauce:
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This post was developed in partnership with the lovely people at Gourmet Garden. As always, all opinions are my own.