Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Asian Meatball Subs with Hoisin Mayonnaise



Well I have arrived home safely from our Thanksgiving travels. I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving! I don’t know about you, but at the moment all food is starting to seem unappealing and cooking is about the last thing I want to do. I’m sure I will get over it soon, but for now I am having to push through. I made this tasty sandwich before our holiday travels began. I’m a sucker for hoisin sauce and the rest of the ingredients sounded too good not to try. Many of the prep work can be done the night before or morning of cooking to make yet another easy and quick meal after a long day at the office. The sandwiches were delicious. If I changed anything at all about this recipe it would probably be the bread, it seemed like a lot compared to the amount of meat. I probably could have ate a second one, but with all the bread consumption, I decided to save some for lunch the next day.

Asian Meatball Subs with Hoisin Mayo

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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 minced

1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger

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 teaspoon 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, mayo, 1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice, 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 of oil in a large saucepan over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees. 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 mayo on the insides of the baguette pieces, then fill with the meatballs and top with the scallion-sprout mixture.

Source: Food Network Magazine, November 2010

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