It’s very tempting to play it safe when it comes to planning the menu for your kids party. If hosting playdates has taught you anything, it’s to never overestimate the sophistication of other children’s palates. Obviously, the best way to keep your guests happy (and avoid meltdowns) is to serve kid-friendly food.
Of course, it’s easy to overlook the fact that adults will also be present and probably also be hungry. So, before you pre-heat the oven to make chicken nuggets or reach into your pantry for a box of mac and cheese, check out this recipe that will satisfy tastebuds of all ages.
Chef Vanessa Cantave, also known as The Hostess Next Door is here to share her fool-proof recipe for sesame-soy turkey meatball skewers. This recipe has an Asian twist on a tried and true crowd favorite — the meatball. Substituting turkey for your usual ground beef is an easy (and equally tasty) way to cut down the calories. The best part? The kids won’t have any idea.
The recipe below is easy and quick enough to handle the morning before the party even though your guests probably won’t believe you. In fact, be prepared to be asked where you ordered them from, probably more than once.
So, next time you’re organizing a kids party, don’t forget about parents and guardians. And definitely don’t forget this recipe!
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- 1⁄4 cupHeavy Cream
- 1⁄4 cupBrioche bread crumbs
- 1 1⁄2 lbsGround Turkey
- 1Large egg, lightly beaten
- 1⁄2 teaspoonSalt
- 3⁄4 cupChopped fresh cilantro
- 5 tablespoonsSoy sauce
- 4 teaspoonsAsian sesame oil
- 2 tablespoonsFresh lime juice
- 2 tablespoonsWater
- 2 teaspoonsSugar
- 1⁄4 lbFresh snap peas, steamed
- 1⁄2 cupRed bell pepper, cut in large dice
- 1. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 450°F.
- 2. Blend cream and bread crumbs in food processor to make a paste. Add ground meat, egg, salt, 1/2 cup of the chopped cilantro, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, and 2 tablespoons oil and mix with your hands until combined well. Shape meat mixture into small balls (about one inch in diameter) and transfer to a standard baking tray.
- 3. Bake until cooked through, about 15 minutes.
- 4. Meanwhile, stir together lime juice, water, sugar, remaining 4 tablespoons soy sauce and remaining 2 teaspoons of oil in small saucepan over medium heat until dissolved and slightly syrupy.
- 5. Skewer meatballs with snap peas and peppers. Place on serving platter, then drizzle with sauce and sprinkle with