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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Cocktail Meatballs and Plantains

Course Hors D'oeuvres and Appetizers
Prep. Time 20 mins
Cooking Time 15 - 20 mins
Yields 30 meatballs

PreparationWhat You Need 1 lb (500 g) ground pork
2 tbsp (30 ml) chopped fresh coriander
1/2 tsp (2 ml) Tabasco sauce
3 tbsp (45 ml) Chinese oyster sauce
1 tsp (5 ml) chopped garlic
Pepper, to taste
2 tbsp (28.4 g) butter
3 tbsp (45 ml) vegetable oil
3 tbsp (45 ml) olive oil
2 ripe plantains*
2 tbsp (30 ml) sugar
Pepper slices for garnish (optional)

In a bowl, mix together pork, coriander, Tabasco sauce, oyster sauce and garlic. Season with salt and pepper.

Shape by about 1 tbsp (15 mL) of meat mixture into balls. Cook in mixture of butter and vegetable oil for 10 to 12 minutes.

Remove meatballs from pan and pour off fat. Add olive oil to pan and cook plantains slices over medium-high heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Continue cooking plantains in a 300 °F (150 °C) oven for 3 minutes. Put back the meatballs and cook for 2 minutes more. Remove meatballs and plantains, then sprinkle with sugar.

Place in serving dish, and pepper slices, if desired, and serve with an aperitif.

*Plantains are found in ethnic grocery stores, farmer's markets and some supermarkets.

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