I've made western-style meatballs with spaghetti but that recipe needs a bit more work as it involves the use of fresh breadcrumbs (which helps to keep the meatballs moist and juicy).
But when I need to make meatballs for dinner, I'd usually do the Chinese-style version (the easier version) with cornflour in replacement of breadcrumbs. So, here comes another easy recipe of Pork Meatballs with Potatoes that's a favourite with my family.
The pork meatballs recipe needs just 4 ingredients - minced pork, chopped scallions, egg and cornflour (you can also add in some chopped onions if you like but I don't like to add them in raw, so I usually sauteed them first before adding in). Actual measurements of the ingredients are not critical, it can be more or less. Just drizzle in the beaten egg slowly to see how much you need.
Season with salt, white pepper and a dash of sesame oil. Mix everything together evenly. The resulting mixture should be slightly moist. If it's too dry, just add more egg and if it's too wet, add more cornflour (the cornflour is what makes the meat soft and tender).
Ooo, these look so good already....I'll just pop one in my mouth for a taste test...ok, maybe one more! =)
I'd usually fry up some potatoes to go with the meatballs. If you have children who don't like scallions (some adults too), you can omit them from the meatball recipe. Now which child wouldn't enjoy a dish of fried meatballs and potatoes.
But for those who find this dish too dry and need a little sauce, you can make one by adding some dried shiitake mushrooms to the meatballs and potatoes. Just use a simple combination of oyster sauce, dark and light soy to make the sauce. Sprinkle some chopped spring onions to add a bit of colour (if you have any).
The Pork Meatballs with Potatoes are great just on its own (as a snack with some chilli sauce). Or as one of your dishes on the dinner table to be eaten with rice.
I cook this whenever I find minced pork in my freezer.....which is quite often! ;D These Chinese-style meatballs are pretty versatile and easy to make other than the frying process, of course (but still easier than frying fish if you ask me). My family loves to eat them....so, I'll keep making them! ;)
And what's better than meatballs and potatoes?......More meatballs and potatoes, of course!! :D