Spicy Thai Meatballs With Crispy Noodles

Recipe: Spicy Thai Meatballs With Crispy Noodles

Ingredients:

  • Vegetable oil 1 lb Ground pork
  • 1 lg Egg
  • 1/2 c Dry-roasted peanuts
  • Finely chopped 1/4 c Chopped fresh cilantro or Parsley
  • 3/4 ts Salt 3 3/4 oz Pkg. cellophane noodles
  • 1/2 c Chunk-style peanut butter
  • 1 tb Grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 ts Ground red cayenne pepper
  • 1 sm Cucumber,sliced
  • 1 sm Carrot, peeled and thinly
Instructions:
  1. Sliced or cut into thin Sticks Fresh cilantro or parsley Sprigs, optional Pour oil into 3 qt. saucepan to depth of 1″;heat over medium-high heat to 375 degrees.
  2. Meanwhile,in large bowl,combine pork,egg,ground peanuts,chopped cilantro and salt.
  3. Using hands or wooden spoon,blend well.Shape mixture into 1″ balls.
  4. In 12″ skillet over medium-high heat, heat 2 tbsp. oil;add meatballs.Cook about 12 minutes,turning frequently until well browned on all sides.
  5. Add 1 cup water,stirring to loosen brown bits from bottom of skillet;bring to boil.Reduce heat to low.
  6. Simmer,covered,5 to 10 minutes until meatballs are cooked through. Meanwhile,add noodles,a small amount at a time,to hot oil in saucepan; cook each batch about 20 seconds until puffed and double in size.
  7. Using a slotted spoon,remove noodles to paper towel to drain.When meatballs are cooked,stir in peanut butter,grated lemon peel and ground red pepper;cook about 1 minute longer until heated through.
  8. Arrange fried noodles on serving platter.Spoon meatballs over noodles;arrange cucumbers and carrots decoratively around edge.Garnish with cilantro sprigs,if desired.

Number of servings (yield): 4

Meal type: snack

Culinary tradition: Thai

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