Monday, March 4, 2013

SRC Reveal: The Busy Mom Cafe


It's the first Monday of the month which means one thing: Secret Recipe Club reveal for Group A. This month I was assigned to The Busy Mom Cafe. Meet Nancy who is a former special education teacher, now a stay-at-home mom to two children, ages 6 and 4. She loves to cook and read. And her blogs are a way for her to share her great finds and recipes with you!

I picked her recipe for Sesame-Soy Meatballs for two main reasons: (1) she references Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre Foods and I love that show and (2) my family is mad for meatballs...as evidenced by their serial appearances on my blog. We've made meatballs from all around the world -  Koftar Johl, curried turkey meatballs; Albondigas de Frailes, Californio-style meatball soup; Fisinjan Plov, Azerbijani meatballs in pomegranate sauce; and even Tajine el khoukh, Algerian "stuffed peaches" which were cooked meatballs wrapped in mashed potatoes, rolled in a batter, and cooked again.


Sesame-Soy Meatballs

I skipped the onions and the sugar altogether, reduced the soy sauce and sesame oil, added ginger, and used turkey instead of beef. Also, I skipped the pan completely, opting to bake the meatballs from start to finish. But this Busy Mom Cafe-inspired recipe was a massive hit in my household.

2 t lower-sodium soy sauce
2 t dark sesame oil
1 t minced ginger
1 T chile paste (such as sambal oelek)
1 T crushed garlic
1 pound ground turkey
cooking spray

Preheat the oven to 375°. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. With moist hands, shape beef mixture into walnut-sized meatballs. Arrange meatballs in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake meatballs at 375° for 20 minutes or until done.

I served these over whole wheat couscous mixed with sauteed oyster mushrooms, snow peas, and spinach.

12 comments:

  1. Yum, I LOVE meatballs, and these look so tasty...love them! :)

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  2. These meatballs look delicious :-). Great pick!

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  3. So glad you and your family enjoyed them!

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  4. I've seen so many great recipes for meatballs lately, but these are going straight to the top of the list. Great flavors for meatballs -comforting but still fun!

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  5. Oh I love the Asian theme with these meatbals, great choice and very nice presentation.

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  6. These meatballs sound wonderful, as do some of your others, have to make a shopping list and give a few a try.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC entry Loaded Potato Soup.

    Lisa~~

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  7. We love meatballs too! Will definitely have to give some of these a try. :)

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  8. My kids love meatballs as well and I think these would be a huge hit here.
    Great choice for the SRC :)

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  9. My family loves meatballs too. In fact, I have a board on Pinterest dedicated to meatballs. I pinned this one and your curried turkey meatballs to it. They both sound delicious! Great choice for this month's SRC.

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  10. what a great recipe- yay for src :)

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  11. These sound right up my husband's alley. He LOVES meatballs and would eat them several times a week. I'll have to check out all of your other amazing sounding meatballs as well. Great SRC choice!

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