Pork Meatballs Recipe with Orange and Honey Sauce

Photo courtesy Pork Te Inspira
When I was 13, the age my oldest son Andrés Ignacio is now, my Mom taught me to "cook". The "intensive" one-day cooking class included three recipes that are part of repertoire up to these days: meatballs in tomato sauce, white rice and fried ripe plantains.

I still make those three recipes without changing anything, because, like everything that my mom cooked, they were and still are perfect: tasty, child proof and very healthy.

As tasty, child proof and super healthy is this pork meatball recipe I’m sharing today. It’s not mine; Doreen Colondres created it. Doreen is a chef and also the author of The Kitchen Doesn’t Bite, a cooking blog whose philosophy I share absolutely (I say cooking is child's play).

This is one of the recipes she created for the campaign Pork Te Inspira, for the National Pork Board, whose mission is to promote the consumption of pork and educate consumers about its benefits.

This is one of the recipes Doreen will be cooking next Saturday at the Fun & Fit as a Family event, sponsored by Pork Be Inspired, within the South Beach Wine and Food Festival 2015. Once again, thanks to SoBeWFF and starting this Thursday Miami will become the culinary capital of the world and of course I'll be there. Tickets for this gastronomic experience involving 75 children with their moms and / or dads are on sale here.

Without further ado, here is the recipe, which one of these days I’ll cook with Andrés Ignacio to follow my tradition and also for my child to learn also pork can be very healthy.

Pork meatballs with orange and honey sauce | Ingredients for 4 servings
For the meatballs
1-pound ground pork
1 clove minced garlic
1 egg
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon minced jalapeño pepper

For the sauce
1/4 cup of fresh orange juice
The grated peel of 1 orange
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
1 tablespoon of honey
1 tablespoon of minced fresh cilantro

In a bowl, mix the meat, egg, garlic, jalapeño and season with salt and pepper.

With your hands form about 12 meatballs and place on a plate and put them in the refrigerator.

In a bowl mix the juice and grated orange peel, honey and soy sauce and reserve.

In a frying pan on medium high heat, add the olive oil and when it is hot put the meatballs and cook for about 2 minutes.

Being careful not to break the meatballs, flip them and add the orange and honey sauce. Cook for 2 minutes.

Reduce the heat and simmer for another minute.

Remove the meatballs from the skillet, and stir with a spatula so the sauce keeps the flavor.

Put the sauce over the meatballs and sprinkle with cilantro.

Serve immediately.

To print the recipe, click here.

What are your favorite meatballs?

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