While this is not quite a complete meal, both the meatballs and the pesto can be made ahead of time so when it comes to the 30 minutes between walking in the door and sitting down for supper, you’ll be ahead of the game.
Of course, these pork meatballs would also be fantastic in a variety of pasta sauces and the pesto makes a great spread for sandwiches when mixed with a little bit of Greek yogurt or mayonnaise.
Makes 20 meatballs, 2 cups pesto
Total cook time: 30 min
1 yellow onion (diced)
1 1/2 lb ground pork
1 bulb garlic (roasted, loosely chopped)
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons grainy dijon mustard
1 teaspoon dried parsley
salt and pepper
1 clove garic
1 lemon (zested and juiced)
1 1/4 cup arugula (packed)
2/3 cup walnuts
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan
salt and pepper
1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Cook down the diced onion in a pan with a bit of canola oil on medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Place into large mixing bowl and allow to cool for a few minutes.
2. Next, add in remaining meatball ingredients, season generously with salt and pepper and mix with hands until well-incorporated. Roll out by hand into 20 small meatballs, approximately 1" in diameter.
3. Heat some canola oil in a large pan on medium-high heat and brown the meatballs on all sides, working in two batches. Transfer to a large baking dish and let roast in the oven until completely cooked through, about 15 minutes. Cover and keep warm until ready to serve.
4. For the pesto, place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and pulse while slowly adding some olive oil (should only need approximately 1/3 cup) until a chunky sauce forms. Scoop into a small bowl, season lightly with salt and pepper and give the pesto on final stir.
5. To serve, place small spoonfuls of the pesto onto a serving platter and top with the warm meatballs. The pesto will keep in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
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by Dan Clapson