Oh, there are so many things you can do with a meatball and so many different spice combinations. My recent ambition was to add some kick and some spice to chicken meatballs. I used Asian flavorings for something different, and was very pleasantly surprised.
In a large bowl, add one pound of ground chicken. Then add 2 tbsp. coconut creamer, 3 tbsp. red curry paste, 1 tbsp. fish sauce (you can find in the Asian section of your grocery store), juice of one lime, 2 tbsp. chopped garlic, 2 tbsp. celery seed, 2 tbsp. rice vinegar, and 2 tbsp. ginger. Mix together with your hands, making sure all the ingredients get combined. You can adjust the seasoning to your taste.
Here’s the fun part. I made meatballs out of the chicken mixture by rolling them into balls and sauteing them. You can also just as easily make the mixture into chicken patties and bake them, or even make it into a meatloaf.
To add some extra kick, make a dressing of fish sauce, lime juice, red pepper flakes, agave nectar, cider vinegar, and rice vinegar. You can add as much or as little of each ingredient as you want… get creative! I added about equal portions of each. Pour over the cooked meatballs and enjoy. So much kick, spice, and flavor!
Happy Allergy Free Eating!