Meatball Lo Mein

Didi Dalaba

By
@didicoffeegirl

This recipe was created for the Ninja Chef's Chopped challenge. Our secret ingredients this week was; Whole Wheat Bread, Italian Sausage & Ramen Noodles.

Working on an Asian theme, I immediately thought of "lo mein"... then I said to myself, "self", why not sausage meatballs.

This came out absolutely amazing!! My brother came over unexpectantly for dinner as well... HE LOVED IT, as much as the familia did. Mind you, the "men", did NOT use the chopsticks!!! LOL What are we going to do with them??? ;-)

Enjoy!!


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Serves:

4-6

Prep:

45 Min

Cook:

25 Min

Ingredients

MEATBALLS

1 lb
(16 oz) bob evans italian sausage
3 slice
whole wheat bread
3 clove
garlic
2 tsp
chopped cilantro
1 tsp
crushed ginger (i used fresh)
1/2 tsp
red pepper flakes
1
egg
1/2 tsp
chinese five spice powder

VEGETABLES

2
carrots sliced thin on diagonal
3
celery stalks sliced thin on diagonal
1 medium
onion, sliced thinly on diagonal

SAUCE

2 Tbsp
vegetable/canola oil
1 tsp
sesame oil
1/2 tsp
garlic powder
1/2 tsp
black pepper
1/2 tsp
ground dried ginger
1
juice of orange
2-3 Tbsp
corn starch
2 1/2 c
water
1/3 c
orange or apricot preserves
3 - 4 tsp
soy sauce
few dashes of tabasco sauce

ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS

4 pkg
any flavor ramen noodles
1 Tbsp
sesame seeds *optional garnish*
4 tsp
chopped cilantro *optional garnish*

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Preheat oven to 375F. Take out your sausage. I used Bob Evan's Italian Sausage, which has a milder flavor rather than butcher bought.
2
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 balls on a foil and non-stick spray lined pan to ensure easier clean up.
3
Bake at 375F for approximately 15-17 minutes. Take out oven and set aside.
4
As meatballs are baking, in a medium saucepan add 4-6 cups water, bring to boil.
Start dicing your vegetables. Start with your celery, slice on an angle.
5
Now your carrots.
6
Finish off with your onion and set aside all veggies.
7
In a saute pan, add your oil and sesame oil. Once hot, add your onions, saute for about 1 minute. Add your celery and carrots. Stir and continue cooking for 4-5 minutes, till veggies are just starting to get tender.
8
Add all sauces and seasonings. Let simmer for a 1-2 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, incorporate corn starch and orange juice, stir till smooth, add to sauce. Add your meatballs and simmer sauce till slightly thickened and meatballs have been heated thru.
9
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.
10
Sauce should be ready at this point. Divide sauce evenly between bowls and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and chopped cilantro if preferred.

Grab your chopsticks and ENJOY!!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes, Pork
Regional Style: Asian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy