Coconut Curry Pork Meatballs {Grain, dairy, sugar, egg free}

Coconut Curry Pork Meatballs {Grain, dairy, sugar, egg free}

I'm into meatballs. Like, really into meatballs. Healthy, non-junk filled ones that is. Pure, flavorful, simple meatballs. But, I also love curry...

So I am finally getting to write up this recipe that I enjoyed onlyyy two weeks ago. It's been a crazy few weeks facing deadlines and getting other recipes up and running, but putting this one off does NOT mean it's not worthy. It's finally quieting down and I'm able to share this tasty recipe with you guys! Basically, I needed something to do with some pork I had in my refrigerator, and I have been cooking up a storm with curry powder lately. So, next thing I knew I had coconut curry meatballs. Yumm. This recipe is GOLD. 

You're going to love these. They are probably the easiest dish you could ever make, without just throwing together some salad. The meatballs are perfectly tender and not too meaty, given the spices. And the curry, oooh the curry. I didn't know I was capable of making such a good curry. It's probably not traditional in any sense at all (I mean, it's pork in curry....oops) , but it's good. And it's easy. And, it's healthy. So it's traditional in The No Grainer type of way. 

Hey cute ball of meat! 

Hey cute ball of meat! 

The spices found in curry powder-- typically turmeric, coriander, cumin, chili and some others-- are all super super healing. You all know my infatuation with turmeric, and if you don't see this recipe for all those healthy benefits. Basically, curry is not only mouthwatering in flavor, but abundant in health benefits. And that's what I'm all about...making good food healthy and healthy food good. Alright, let's make some meatballs and curry. 

paleo coconut curry meatballs

What You'll Need:

Meatballs:

  1. 500g ground pork (any kind will work, but I like a 10-15% fat for some flavor)
  2. 1 tsp. dried basil
  3. 1 tsp. curry powder (this can be store bought, just make sure no sugar/preservatives/etc.)
  4. 1 garlic clove, crushed 
  5. Salt + Pepper to taste

Curry:

  1. 1 can full fat coconut milk
  2. 1 small onion, chopped
  3. 1-2 garlic cloves, crushed
  4. 1 tbsp. curry powder
  5. 1 tsp. dried basil 
  6. 1 tbsp. coconut oil 
  7. Salt + Pepper to taste

What You Do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F/180C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the pork into a bowl with the spices and mix with a spoon until fully incorporated.
  3. Shape, with your hands, the pork mixture into small balls slightly larger than the size of an average meatball (they'll shrink).
  4. Place the meatballs onto the baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes until cooked through when poked and golden brown. 
  5. Take meatballs out of the oven and set aside. 
  6. For the curry: melt the coconut oil in a medium sized frying pan over medium heat
  7. Add the chopped onions and salt to pan and cook until translucent. 
  8. Add the garlic, curry powder, basil and mix into the onion mixture 
  9. Lower the heat to simmer and add the coconut milk. Stir until the onions and spices are fully incorporated into the milk. Let simmer for 15 minutes until the milk starts to thicken slightly. 
  10. Add the meatballs to the curry and let them cook for 1 minute longer to incorporate into the curry sauce. 
  11. Remove the pan from heat. Serve immediately, or wait until the coconut milk thickens just a bit more (I prefer it about an hour after it's been made). Garnish with some fresh basil and serve over a bed of cauliflower rice or more sautéed veg! 
  12. Meatballs can easily be stored in a container in the refrigerator for up to a week, except they didn't last that long for me! 
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I actually enjoyed this dish cold out of the fridge the next day... I found the curry to have thickened up a lot due to the coconut milk, which made it super creamy. But it's for sure also good warm! It's delicious over cauliflower rice for an all-out paleo meal. 

I hope you give this recipe a shot and let me know what you think! I'm really digging curry powder these days. I always toss it into veg and chicken stir frys for awesome flavor and HEALTH.

Do you like curry? What's your favorite type? Have you ever made it?

If you're dying to learn more about the art of making meatballs and to pick up a few tips, check out this link for some awesome tips and recipes -- all meatball related! 

Give me all your thoughts CURRY and all your thoughts MEATBALLS.  Love it all. 

Back to studying and brainstorming LOTS of new content for TNG -- food, inspiration, travel tips. All that jazz. 

Keep doin' you,

Amylou  xo

 

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