Thai Pork Meatball Skewers

For these Thai Pork Meatball Skewers: Start with pasture-raised meat from Blackberry Meadows Farm (available through their online store). Add Asian fish sauce, lime juice, herbs, and green onions. Sauté until crispy and brown. Dip in a fiery sauce. Sip a cool beer. This dinner-table voyage will satisfy your wanderlust.

Thai Pork Meatball Skewers Recipe

Ingredients for the pork meatballs:

1 lb ground pork from Blackberry Meadows Farm
1 tsp fish sauce
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 shallot, finely minced
1 tbsp mint, chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup green onion, chopped
1 tsp sesame oil
1 garlic clove, finely minced
Salt and pepper to taste
3 cups oil for deep frying
8 cane sugar sticks or metal skewers

Instructions for the pork meatballs:

  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix until everything is evenly incorporated with the ground pork.
  2. Form 1- to 2-inch balls with the pork and place onto the skewers.
  3. In a cast-iron skillet, add oil and bring to 350 degrees. Fry each pork skewer until the internal temperature of the meatballs reaches 165 degrees and the outsides are brown and crispy.
  4. Place on a paper towel to absorb any excess oil. Serve with dipping sauce and smashed cucumbers.

Ingredients for the dipping sauce:

1/4 cup chili crunch oil
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp fish sauce

Instructions for the dipping sauce:

Mix all ingredients in a bowl.

Ingredients for the smashed cucumbers:

3-5 mini cucumbers
1/4 cup chopped green onion
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tsp sesame oil
Salt to taste

Instructions for the smashed cucumbers:

  1. Smash cucumber with a mallet or heavy pot.
  2. Place in a bowl and add green onion, sesame seeds, sesame oil, and salt.
  3. Gently toss together and serve.

Recipes and Styling by Anna Calabrese / Photography by Dave Bryce

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