Recipe for Spicy Thai Meatballs With Crispy Noodles


1 vegetable oil
1 lb ground pork
1 large egg
1/2 cup dry-roasted peanuts,
1 finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro or
1 parsley
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 3/4 oz pkg. cellophane noodles
1 (see note)
1/2 cup chunk-style peanut butter
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
1/4 teaspoon ground red cayenne pepper
1 small cucumber,sliced
1 small carrot, peeled and thinly
1 sliced or cut into thin
1 sticks
1 fresh cilantro or parsley
1 sprigs, optional


Pour oil into 3 qt. saucepan to depth of 1";heat over medium-high heat to 375 degrees.Meanwhile,in large bowl,combine pork,egg,ground peanuts,chopped cilantro and salt.Using hands or wooden spoon,blend well.Shape mixture into 1" balls.In 12" skillet over medium-high heat, heat 2 tbsp. oil;add meatballs.Cook about 12 minutes,turning frequently until well browned on all sides.Add 1 cup water,stirring to loosen brown bits from bottom of skillet;bring to boil.Reduce heat to low. Simmer,covered,5 to 10 minutes until meatballs are cooked through. Meanwhile,add noodles,a small amount at a time,to hot oil in saucepan; cook each batch about 20 seconds until puffed and double in size.Using a slotted spoon,remove noodles to paper towel to drain.When meatballs are cooked,stir in peanut butter,grated lemon peel and ground red pepper;cook about 1 minute longer until heated through.Arrange fried noodles on serving platter.Spoon meatballs over noodles;arrange cucumbers and carrots decoratively around edge.Garnish with cilantro sprigs,if desired.Makes 4 servings.

Note:Cellophane noodles are sometimes called bean thread noodles and can be found in the Oriental sections of supermarkets.

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