Mar 12, 2012

Meatballs With Peanut Orange Sauce

Meatballs With Peanut Orange Sauce

I’ll keep it short and sweet.

Here’s my latest witches’ brew: meatballs slowly simmered in a laid-back and slightly different from your average peanut sauce. Oh, how I love anything with peanut butter in it.

I used my slow cooker but you can make a stove-top version as well. Simply add 1/3 cup orange juice extra, and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes.

 
Ingredients:

1 pound meat balls (recipe is in printable)
6 tbsp peanut butter
thumb-size piece ginger
1 medium garlic clove
2 tbsp sweet mango chutney
3 tbsp sweet chili sauce
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp butter
1 cup orange juice

 
Directions:

* I like my peanut sauce thick and luscious. If you’re after a thinner sauce, add extra orange juice. You can tweak during cooking, it’s a very forgiving sauce.

 
I used my basic, go-to recipe for meatballs, the Dutch meatballs. I left out the grainy mustard this time.
Meatballs With Peanut Orange Sauce

Peel and grate the ginger and garlic.
Meatballs With Peanut Orange Sauce

Here’s the stuff: soy sauce, orange juice, peanut butter, mango chutney and chili sauce. Together they create magic.
Meatballs With Peanut Orange Sauce

That first scoop out of the jar. How I love to make the first mark in that perfectly smooth surface.
Meatballs With Peanut Orange Sauce

 
No idea why. I have many, many idiosyncrasies.
 

Heat the butter and carefully place the meatballs in there.
Meatballs With Peanut Orange Sauce

Brown them on all sides.
Meatballs With Peanut Orange Sauce

 
If you’re using a slow cooker as well, this is your cue to start transfer things.
 

Add the garlic, ginger, soy sauce, mango chutney and peanut butter. Stir until it’s a thick paste.
Meatballs With Peanut Orange Sauce

Add the brown sugar and pour in the orange juice. Mix well.
Meatballs With Peanut Orange Sauce

Taste the sauce and add sweet chili sauce to spice and liven things up, 3 tbsp was the right amount for me.
Meatballs With Peanut Orange Sauce

Pop the lid on and simmer on low for 3  hours.
Meatballs With Peanut Orange Sauce

This was my sauce after 2 hours.
Meatballs With Peanut Orange Sauce

 
Remove the lid and simmer for another hour to let the sauce thicken a bit. It seems lighter, fresher almost than ‘normal’ peanut sauce.
 

This has a wonderful summery, citrusy—almost Caribbean—flavor to it.
Meatballs With Peanut Orange Sauce

Meatballs With Peanut Orange Sauce
Ingredients
    Meatballs:

    1 pound ground beef

    2 tbsp sweet chili sauce

    1/2 a tbsp ground nutmeg

    2 tbsp coarse mustard

    1/2 tsp white pepper
    
6 tbsp breadcrumbs
    
1 tbsp milk
    
1 1/2 tsp salt
    
1 egg

    Sauce:

    6 tbsp peanut butter
    
thumb-size piece ginger
    
1 medium garlic clove
    
2 tbsp sweet mango chutney

    3 tbsp sweet chili sauce

    1 tbsp brown sugar

    2 tbsp soy sauce
    
2 tbsp butter
    
1 cup orange juice

Directions
    I used my slow cooker but you can make a stove-top version as well. Simply add 1/3 cup orange juice extra, and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes.

    Combine all ingredients listed under ‘meatballs’ and form it into 5 large meatballs.

    Peel and grate the ginger and garlic. Heat the butter and carefully place the meatballs in there and brown them on all sides.

    If you’re using a slow cooker as well, this is your cue to start transfer things.
    Add the garlic, ginger, soy sauce, mango chutney and peanut butter. Stir until it’s a thick paste. Add the brown sugar and pour in the orange juice. Mix well. Taste the sauce and add sweet chili sauce to spice and liven things up, 3 tbsp was the right amount for me.

    Pop the lid on and simmer on low for 3  hours. Remove the lid and simmer for another hour to let the sauce thicken a bit.

Meal type: main dish, slow-cooker
Servings: 4
Copyright: © kayotickitchen.com
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