Here they are: simply the most delicious meatballs. Before we put the recipe online, we had already thought of all kinds of names… “tasty meatballs with peanut sauce” of “meatballs in spicy sauce with peanut” etc. But who am I kidding – there's just one title for this version. And it is now at the top.
In the Antilles we often eat meatballs as a snack at parties. These then go into a spicy sauce with tomatoes and hot pepper. The recipe for these 'pika balls' here.. In this recipe we make a tasty peanut sauce for the meatballs. This gives them even more flavor and makes them perfect for dinner. You can then pour the peanut sauce — just like gravy — over your rice, noodles or potatoes.
I prefer to use half and half minced meat. That consists of about 70% beef and 30% pork. It is slightly fatter than ground beef and therefore has more flavor. Don't you eat pork? Then you can of course also use ground beef for this recipe!
The recipe for the meatballs
This recipe actually consists of two parts. First we make the peanut sauce and then the meatballs. The sauce is flavored with lots of spices. The result is impressive: tasty meatballs and an even tastier sauce. The perfect addition to your rice or noodles dish!
This recipe makes about 20-30 balls, depending on how big you make them.
For the peanut sauce
- 1 clove garlic
- 3 cm ginger (root)
- 150 gr peanut butter*
- 100 ml of whole milk
- 2 tl tomato puree
- 3 tbsp dark soy sauce
or sweet soy sauce
- 2 tbsp sunflower oil
- 1 tbsp sugar
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- ½ tsp ground coriander
- optional: a piece of mme. Jeanette pepper, finely chopped
*The brand of peanut butter is not important, but always choose a kind that contains at least 85% peanuts!
For the minced meat
- 500 gr half and half chopped
- an egg
- 75 gr breadcrumbs
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- a small onion, chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, pressed
- ½ tsp heavy pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- ½ tsp ginger powder
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground coriander seeds
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp onion powder
for baking: 50 gr butter
Making the peanut sauce
Place the oil, milk, soy sauce, garlic, Madame Jeanette pepper (seeded and to taste!) and peeled ginger in a blender or food processor and grind together. Then put the mixture in a small saucepan and add the caster sugar, cumin and coriander.
Now heat the pan over low heat until the mixture is almost boiling. Then add the peanut butter and stir until smooth.
Let the peanut sauce cook for a few minutes. You will notice that the sauce will thicken quickly. To get the desired thickness, you can add a little more milk (to make the sauce thinner) or a little more peanut butter (to make the sauce thicker).
TIP: Always make the sauce a little thinner than you want it to be; when the sauce cools, it always gets a little firmer.
First, heat the olive oil in a pan over low heat. Add in the chopped onion and garlic. Then add the salt as well. Now fry it gently until the onion is translucent. Then let it cool down for a while.
Then mix all the ingredients for the minced meat (including the onion pieces from just now) and knead it into a cohesive whole. Then roll into walnut-sized balls.
Heat the butter in a (large!) frying pan over medium heat. Wait for the large bubbles to disappear and then add the meatballs to the pan. Fry them until they have color on all sides. Then put the lid on the pan. This keeps the meatballs nice and juicy!
Roll the meatballs in the pan every now and then, so that they get the same amount of heat on all sides. After about 10-12 minutes they are done.
Are your meatballs already a nice dark color? Then you can now add them to the sauce. If not: turn up the heat a bit and fry the meatballs all over again, until they have the right color. Then add them to the sauce.
Assemble the dish
When the meatballs are cooked, add them to the pan with the peanut sauce. Then let the meatballs cook in the peanut sauce for about three minutes, so that they can absorb some extra flavor. Serve them warm with rice or noodles. Enjoy your meal!
Do you love dishes with minced meat? Then try our spicy meatloaf!
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