After months hearing about how marvelous and delicious coconut oil is I finally decided to go to the store and get a jar. That was a good idea, I love the stuff! So far I only used it in cooking and baking but I plan to make homemade skin and hair care product with it too. Can’t wait!
Wondering why I am talking about coconut oil, out of nowhere? Well, it inspired me these meatballs. At first, I was only planning to use coconut oil to oil the skillet. If you don’t use it you may not know, but the coconut taste is very subtle. You practically can’t taste it. Since those meatballs were already Thai inspired with the cilantro, lime and hot pepper (I just realized that sounds Mexican as well but…I had Asian in mind;)) I decided to go further with the coconut flavor and use coconut milk. I’m very glad I did because I ended up with a creamy and flavorful sauce Solal and I both loved. And that’s coming from people who are not big fans of coconut in savory dishes => you should definitively give it a try!
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So now tell me, how do you use coconut oil? I’m sure I still have tons of uses to discover!
Cal: 285 - Protein: 25.6g - Fat: 20g - Carbs: 1.42g - Sugar: 0.05g
WW Old Points: 7 pts - Points+: 8 pts
- 1/2 lb ground lean pork
- 1/2 lb ground lean veal
- 1 tsp sugar free hot chili paste (or more to taste)
- 2 tsp lime juice
- 1 jumbo egg (or two small ones)
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped very thinly
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 3/4 cup coconut milk (I used light organic coconut milk)
- In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except coconut oil and coconut milk. Mix well to combine (don't hesitate to use your hands!).
- With the meat mixture, form small meatballs (I got about 16). Make sure to press the meat very firmly to they don't fall appart when cooking.
- Heat a non-stick skillet over high heat and when skillet is hot, add coconut oil. Brown meatballs on each side, reduce to medium heat, and cook for about 7-8 minutes. They cook very quickly so be careful if you don't want to end up with dry meatballs. Remove meatballs from the skillet and set aside. Keep in a warm spot or cover with foil.
- Pour coconut milk in skillet and bring to a boil. Cook 2-3 minutes or until it has thicken a bit.
- Pour coconut sauce over meatballs. Garnish with additional cilantro and serve immediately.