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Friday, November 26, 2010

Szechuan Braised Meatballs

1/8 lb ground beef
1 t cornstarch
1/4 t 5-spice powder
1/2 c broth
1/2 T cornstarch
2 t oil
1 t oil
1 garlic
1/4 t cayenne
2 T Hoisin sauce
2 c Napa, shredded
1/2 small can water chestnuts, sliced
1 scallion, chopped for garnish

Mix beef, cornstarch and 5-spice powder.  Shape 6 small patties.  Mix broth and cornstarch, set aside.  Heat 2 t oil, fry patties until browned.  Plate.  heat 1 t oil, briefly saute garlic and cayenne.  Add Hoisin, Napa, chestnuts and broth mixture.  Bring to a simmer.  Add patties, then simmer 8-10 minutes.  Top with scallions and serve.

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