Tsukune (Japanese Chicken Meatballs)
You can never have too many main course recipes, so give Tsukune (Japanese Chicken Meatballs) a try. This recipe serves 6. Watching your figure? This dairy free recipe has 262 calories, 23g of protein, and 13g of fat per serving. Head to the store and pick up lower-sodium soy sauce, egg white, sesame oil, and a few other things to make it today. To use up the cornstarch you could follow this main course with the Chocolate Cornstarch Pudding as a dessert.
To prepare meatballs, heat a small skillet over medium-high heat.
Add oil to pan; swirl to coat.
Add mushrooms, 1 tablespoon minced ginger, and 1 tablespoon garlic; saut 2 minutes.
Add sherry; cook 3 minutes or until liquid evaporates and mushrooms are tender.
Place mushroom mixture and miso in a mini chopper; pulse 10 times or until very finely chopped.
Combine mushroom mixture, remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons minced ginger, remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic, chicken, and next 6 ingredients (through egg white) in a bowl. Shape mixture into 36 (1-inch) meatballs. Thread 3 meatballs onto each of 12 (6-inch) flat bamboo skewers. Chill for 30 minutes.
To prepare sauce, combine mirin, soy sauce, sugar, and vinegar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook 3 minutes or until slightly thickened.
Remove from heat; cool slightly. Stir in juice, 2 teaspoons grated ginger, and serrano. Reserve 2 tablespoons sauce.
Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray.
Place 6 skewers in pan; cook 9 minutes, turning to brown on all sides.
Remove from pan; brush half of sauce over meatballs. Repeat procedure with remaining 6 skewers and sauce.
Sprinkle with sesame seeds; serve with reserved 2 tablespoons sauce.
Recommended wine: Chenin Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Riesling
Asian works really well with Chenin Blanc, Gewurztraminer, and Riesling. The best wine for Asian food depends on the cuisine and dish - of course - but these acidic whites pair with a number of traditional meals, spicy or not. One wine you could try is Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc. It has 4.5 out of 5 stars and a bottle costs about 30 dollars.
Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin BlancNamed after their grandmother, Hope Marguerite Beaumont, this barrel fermented and matured Chenin Blanc is always elegant and complex. Winner of four Platter 5 star ratings, it is seen as one of South Africa’s benchmark Chenin wines.