Crazy for Nuts
Happy National Peanut Butter Day! Not that I ever need an excuse to celebrate. I happen to think that any day that’s filled with great friends and incredible food should be declared a National holiday. I love supporting local quality products and I can’t get enough of Georgia Grinders’ delicious spreads. And what’s not to love about these delectable meatballs that are crazy good for you, insanely delicious and so easy to make? I may be crazy about nuts, but you are nuts if you don’t try this meatball satay next week!
The Big Game
I’ve got you totally covered for the big game. None of my teams made it to the Super Bowl this year, so I don’t have a stake in it. I enjoy watching football as much as any girl, but for me, game day is all about food and friends. Besides, I already know who wins this year! It’s these incredible Sesame-Crusted Chicken Meatballs served with a Spicy Peanut Sauce. Never mind the touchdown, pass another platter of these spiced up meatballs around the room for a guaranteed score. If you happen to have leftovers, which you won’t, but once you see how easy they are you’ll want to make another batch; you can round out a healthy meal by serving the meatballs and sauce over wild rice.
The Winning Sauce
By the way, the spicy peanut sauce is out of this world! I’ve made it twice already this week. And the second time, I didn’t have coconut milk so I substituted goat cheese and water. Yes, goat cheese and yes, it was insanely good. Besides the meatballs, we’ve had this stirred into rice, drizzled on oven-fried chicken, served on pasta and finally on some Asian Bourbon-Marinated Steak Soft Tacos with Manchego. This recipe makes more sauce than you’ll probably need for the meatballs. I did that on purpose so you won’t have to resist the temptation to drizzle it on everything!
Suggested Wine Pairings
The spicy and salty Asian-inspired flavors in this dish would be fantastic alongside a wine with a hint of sweetness and bright acidity. If you prefer red wines, look for a light and fruity one like an Italian Dolcetto or French Beaujolais. Riesling is classically paired with Asian food and with good reason. An off-dry white wine with fruity acids and balanced sweetness is the perfect compliment to spicy Asian flavors.