Friday, February 3, 2012

Meatball Lo Mein


Meatball Lo Mein

Sometimes, your tired right?  You just don't feel like cooking?  Am I the only one?  All I want is "take out"... I don't want to cook, I don't want to think ahead, I don't want to defrost, marinate, do anything!
That being said, "I'M ON A BUDGET"!!  
Chinese for a family of 5 in my area will run you approximately $45.00 and that is "pick up", if delivery, add tip!

Well, since I had been craving Asian for a while now, I took out frozen Bob Evan's Italian sausage to make my "Meatballs Lo Mein"...
This incredible recipe came out of Monica's board at Just a Pinch recipe challenge for the group;  Ninja Chefs.  
The ingredients that week were; whole wheat bread, Italian sausage and Ramen noodles...
This is what I came up with ... and let me tell you, not because I was the winner for the week, but because this is the best RECIPE EVER!!  Budget friendly, easy and DIVINE! Exactly what I'm all about!!!

Here we go!!!

Ingredients

MEATBALLS
1 lb.(16 OZ) Bob Evans Italian sausage, (or any sausage you have on hand casings removed)
3 slicesWhole wheat bread
3 clovesGarlic
2 tsp Cilantro, chopped 
1 tsp Ginger, crushed (I used fresh)
1/2 tsp Red pepper flakes
1 Egg
1/2 tsp Chinese five spice powder
VEGETABLES
2 Carrots sliced thin on the diagonal
3 Celery stalks sliced thin on the diagonal
1 mediumOnion, sliced thinly on the diagonal
SAUCE
2 Tbsp Vegetable/canola oil
1 tsp Sesame oil
1/2 tspGarlic powder
1/2 tsp Black pepper
1/2 tsp Ground dried ginger
1 Orange juiced
2 Tbsp                   Corn starch
1-1/2 cupsWater
1/3 c Orange or apricot preserves
4 tsp Soy sauce
Few dashes of Tabasco sauce
ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS

6 Pkgs anyFlavor Ramen noodles
1 Tbsp Sesame seeds - *optional garnish*
4 tsp Cilantro, chopped -  *optional garnish*


Preheat oven to 375F. Take out your sausage. I used Bob Evan's Italian Sausage, which has a milder flavor rather than butcher bought.   



In a medium bowl, add your meatball ingredients and using a small melon scoop, make your meatballs and roll again slightly to ensure perfect balls. Place meatballs on a foil and non-stick spray lined pan to ensure easy clean up.  
Bake at 375F for approximately 15-17 minutes. Take out of the oven and set aside.         
As meatballs are baking, in a medium saucepan add water with a few pinches of salt to boil for the Ramen noodles. 


Let's start dicing our vegetables. Start with your celery, slice on an angle.


  
Now your carrots


Finish off with your onion and set aside. 
Now, using a large saute pan, add your oil and sesame oil and heat. Once hot, add your onions, saute for about 1 minute or so till they just start becoming soft. Add your celery and carrots. Stir and continue cooking for 4-5 minutes, till veggies are just starting to get tender.

          


Add your sauces and seasonings. Let simmer for a 1-2 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, add your cornstarch and orange juice, stir till smooth, add to the vegetable sauce. We can now add our meatballs.  Simmer sauce till slightly thickened and meatballs have been heated thru.
           



As sauce is simmering, open ramen noodles, (discarding packet seasoning mix), and add to boiling water. Let simmer for 4-6 minutes, till tender. Drain well and add evenly to bowls. 




The sauce should be ready at this point. Divide meatball and sauce evenly between bowls and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and chopped cilantro if preferred.

Grab your chopsticks and ENJOY!!  

Yield:  4-6 Servings

Dishin with Didi



8 comments :

  1. Didi, I wonder if I could use some other kind of meat for this like chicken? We don't eat sausage here.

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  2. Oh absolutely Precious!! Chicken meatballs, turkey meatballs, beef meatballs (not frozen though premade though I wouldn't suggest as they already have seasonings in them, you want the asian flair in the meat does that make sense)? Can't wait to see your creation, please come back and share!!

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  3. Yes it does. Thanks. I just added you to my Buffalo blogroll. Sorry it took me so long. I am a little slow with all the sickness in the house.

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  4. No worries honey, I'm still figuring out the blog stuff... I have your email with step by step and I haven't had for than 10 mintues at a time to sit and play... it takes longer than that doesn't it? LOL

    How is dh? I hope improving, and I hope you didn't catch it. I read your blog, but I've been so gosh darn busy this week!!

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  5. This sounds awesome, I am going to try it. Love the bob evans sausage, never thought of making meatballs with it. There is a .35/1 mf ;) I will be on the look out for a sale.

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    1. Ida, the sauce is the bomb if I don't say so myself, lol!!
      Let me know!!

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  6. That looks yummy and I applaud you for working so hard on a Friday night. I had no will power and went out for fish fry!

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    1. FISH FRY???? OMG, that's like my ultimate fav, and it's GOTTA be battered, period!!

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