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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Pork Meatballs with Lemon Thyme Gravy

I just had to get the pig involved in my PIGskin Challenge, so this week I used pork and lemon sounded great! The original recipe can be found HERE. I did change it up a bit so I just typed my version below.
Thoughts:
These meatballs are wonderful! Are they football food? Well, I don't know your crowd... but I'm guessing that these would be better for a week day dinner instead of Sunday munchies. How to serve? May I suggest over spaghetti (add some frozen peas to the water the last couple minutes it cooks). Maybe stir in a tablespoon or so of butter to the warm sauce-Oh Momma!

Pork Meatballs
1 lb ground pork (with fat)
1/4 C fresh breadcrumbs
1/2 small onion, grated
1 egg
1/4 C Parmesan cheese
2 tsp dried sage, rub it between your fingers as you add it
1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped (approx 1/3 tsp dry)
1/8 tsp cayenne
  1. Mix all, add some more breadcrumbs if too wet. This is a soft mix.
  2. Using 1 Tblsp of mix, form meatballs, you'll get approx 30.
  3. Brown all sides in olive oil, reduce heat add lid and slowly cook until no longer pink-approx 12-15 minutes.
  4. Remove from pan.
Lemon Thyme Gravy
1 1/2 C chicken stock or 1 1/2 C water and 1 1/2 tsp Better Than Bouillon
Fresh ground pepper
Juice of 2 lemons
1 Tblsp fresh Thyme leaves
1 Tblsp cornstarch
Zest of one lemon (two lemons if you really like things lemony)
Thyme for garnish
  1. Pour excess olive oil out of the pan.
  2. Add stock or water/bouillon, deglaze pan. Add in some pepper and cook for about 15 minutes then add lemon juice and thyme. 
  3. Mix a very small amount of water (maybe 1 Tblsp) with cornstarch, just enough to be able to pour the cornstarch into the pan. Cook till it thickens. 
  4. Check for seasonings, if you used the stock it may need some salt.
  5. Return meatballs to pan and add lemon zest. 
  6. Heat through and serve.
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20 comments:

  1. These look pretty yummy.

    I hope you had a fun weekend.

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  2. I hope you had a beautiful fall weekend. These look delicious.

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  3. Nice and simple, be a great tapa, sub or banh mi, great photo

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  4. Interesting combination, they look delicious. xo

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  5. They look delish - lemon and pork - good combinations. sandie

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  6. Love the sauce,think it is perfet for pork;))

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  7. You make the yummiest meatballs. I would love these. I'm a huge fan of lemon.

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  8. Lemon and thyme - two things that peak my food interest. Just let me grab a toothpick and I will be right over.

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  9. Oh goodness, I think you are right that they would be sensational over pasta!

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  10. Don't know if I can do the pork meatballs but have been wanting a lemon sauce recipe for a while and this one looks great.

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  11. Love these Lynn . I need to get a football repetoir going on. These would be perfect! Joni

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  12. Always happy to stop by and pick up new ideas for dinner,these meatballs look delish.
    Have a great week.

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  13. These look and sound soooo good. I haven't had breakfast yet and now, OF COURSE,I want a meatball....:)

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  14. Oh my, these would be delicious over buttered noodles!

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  15. Looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing,and visiting Joann

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  16. This looks and sounds delish! Nice for a cozy fall meal ~

    xo
    Pat

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  17. even if this pig finished in a mug.... it's delicious ..thanks for pic...hugs, Flavia

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  18. I've never used ground pork before. This looks really good! After seeing these, Earl will probably a good boy and not run off again!! LOL!

    Katherine

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  19. I am really enjoying your meatball posts. These look so, so good. I am on a lemon kick lately. :-)

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