Turkey Meatballs with Green Curry Sauce
What’s not to love about meatballs? … Crickets…Exactly! The answer is absolutely nothing. Traditional meatballs and marinara will always have a place in my heart. However, these Asian turkey meatballs with green curry sauce wowed me at first bite. I know you’re going to love them too.
Meatballs are tricky. Depending on who you talk to, meatball preferences can be vastly different. Big/small/tender/firm… there are lots of ways to cook them. Here are my preferences: small(ish) or bite-size and on the firm(er) side. See, even my description is kind of vague. My father is the ultimate meatball critic. Whenever my mom makes meatballs, there is ALWAYS a conversation around their flavor, texture, and size. He is suuuuuuper picky about them. To be honest, I think my mom makes them the same way each time. Regardless, the conversation has become part of the meatball-eating experience. Can you see why I have a bit of anxiety when making them for others? But since we are building trust and all, I’m going to offer this recipe to you. Deep breath – here goes nothing.
These aren’t your average turkey meatballs. They are filled with fragrant Asian flavors of fresh ginger and cilantro. Plus, they have shredded zucchini for added moisture. Then they’re topped with an AMAZING green curry sauce. Oh my. Believe me, you’re going to love this sauce. It’s creamy, but has a little heat too. The balance of flavors is perfect. When we were in Thailand, we learned that Thai sauces have four main flavor profiles: salty, sweet, sour, and spicy. Now, whenever I make Thai style food at home, I try to build a similar flavor profile.
Here’s the breakdown for this recipe:
fish sauce adds saltiness
sugar adds sweetness,
lime juice for sour
green curry paste brings the heat
Once you make this recipe, you might learn that you like your sauce a little saltier or a little spicier and that’s okay. Just make adjustments to your seasoning at the end based on what you like best. Finally, I like to combine the meatballs and sauce with noodles or riced cauliflower. The cauliflower absorbs the sauce and tastes so good. Maybe even toast some naan to dip in the sauce too? You’ll be thankful you did. I really hope you enjoy these turkey meatballs with green curry sauce. And remember, there isn’t only one way to make meatballs or a good curry sauce. You do you.