Polpettini con Spezie Cinese, Cimi di Rapa & Salsa di Arancia e Zenzero
Steamed 5-Spice Meatballs & Broccoli Rabe with Ginger & Orange Sauce
food, for some reason, still has the connotation in many peoples minds,
of being bland and tasting "washed-out"- whereas the truth is very much
the opposite case. Quick, easy and healthy as well, steaming is a great
way to produce a meal- especially as you can steam many items together
at the same time- it is something we should all do more often!
great thing here is that I managed to steam all of the ingredients at
the same time and only needed one other tiny saucepan to put together
the tangy orange sauce- which absolutely suits me to a "t". I like to
keep my stress to a minimum and to get things done quickly and easily...
and you can hardly get quicker or easier than this!
made the meatballs out of a mix of 50/50 ground pork and beef- which I
amazingly saw minced right before my very eyes! I mixed this together
with finely chopped red pepper, Spring onion, parsley, mint, basil,
ramps and a tablespoon of 5-spice powder and rolled it into little
balls, making sure to not press them too firmly together. I did not add
any egg or breadcrumbs as I wanted to keep the flavors nice and crisp
I placed the meatballs and the broccoli rabe
in my steamer, and had some Jasmine rice in the saucepan below... so by
the time the rice was cooked, 15-20 minutes, so was everything else!
Before I started, I added some thinly sliced ginger and red peppers-
then on went the lid and I turned my attention to roasting some sesame
seeds for my garnish and making the orange sauce...
sesame seeds too all of 5 minutes to toast to a nice golden brown in a
dry frying pan- and in the meantime I scraped some orange zest and
squeezed some juice ready to make the sauce. I grated a shallot and a
little garlic on the finest grater I have and sauteed this in a little
sesame oil until it began to brown gently- then deglazed it with the
orange juice and added the zest. I seasoned it with soy sauce, green
Tabasco, lime juice and a little honey and reduced it down by simmering
it for the duration until the rice and meatballs were done. A simple and
tasty meal- stress free and relatively healthy considering no added fat
or frying. And that can only be a good thing!