Tuesday, June 28, 2011

What's For Dinner: Chicken Meatballs with Sweet Peanut Sauce

For the most part, since we moved in with my parents, my mom and I have been either taking turns making dinner or collaborating. Tonight was a "my turn" night. I came across a recipe for Chicken Meatballs with Sweet Peanut Sauce in the most recent issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine, and thought it sounded yummy.

Since I can never seem to make a recipe the way it's written, here are my alterations:
  • We seem to have a plethora of ground turkey in the deep freeze, so I chose to use that instead of chicken.
  • My mom's cilantro has gone to seed, and the grocery store was out of fresh cilantro, so I used dried, and just guessed the amount.
  • I used some sort of red spring onion, which I chopped, since that was what I had on hand.
  • I used Bragg's Liquid Aminos instead of soy sauce. I will probably start out with a little less than the amount called for next time, as it was really salty the first time I tasted the sauce, causing me to add more honey.
  • I used honey instead of sugar.
  • We didn't have any peanuts, so I didn't use any for garnish.
  • I didn't put 1/2 the sauce on the meatballs, as the recipe instructed, as my mom had stated that she doesn't care for peanut sauce. I served it on the side instead.
  • I also added some garlic to the sauce, as I felt like it needed it, and cooked it on very low on the stove top, rather than microwaving it.
I will definitely make the recipe again. It was all really good, and I can see making the peanut sauce for other recipes, like Chicken Satay. I think next time I will try just baking the meatballs, rather than cooking them on the stove, however. I dished up my own plate by putting the meatballs on top of some rice, and ladling the sauce over top of it all. I doubled the recipe for 4 adults, 2 kids, and a toddler, but I guess I could have made more - the meatballs were completely gone when I went back for seconds!

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