Pork Dumpling Meatballs with Quick Pickled Bahn Mi Slaw
These flavor-packed meatballs and slaw are SO DANG GOOD!!!! They make a great starter/appetizer OR are satiating enough to be a meal on it's own! After you make these, you're gunna immediately file them under "recipe favorites" - we sure have!
In a small pot over medium heat, mix together vinegar and honey. Just heat enough for the honey to dissolve completely into vinegar, mixing as you go, and once it's fully dissolved, remove from heat and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
In a medium bowl, mix together next 7 ingredients (carrot through pickled ginger brine). Once mixed, transfer slaw to a medium sized jar (12 to 16 ounces). Pour vinegar mixture over the top until it's fully saturated all the veggies. Seal jar and place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours before eating.
FOR PORK DUMPLING MEATBALLS:
In a large bowl, using clean hands, combine all remaining ingredients EXCEPT cilantro and sesame seeds (pork through salt).
Cover with plastic wrap, and place in refrigerator for at least an hour before cooking or overnight.
At time of cooking, remove meat mixture from refrigerator. Preheat grill to medium high heat.
Shape meat into 1 to 2 inches in diameter balls. Grill for about 15 minutes constantly rotating, or until cooked through.
Serve with a side of Quick Pickled Bahn Mi Slaw and garnish with cilantro and toasted black sesame seeds.
Another cooking option: after shaping meatballs, gently flatten them so they become small patties, and you could serve them as sliders with the slaw on top - and maybe on top of a parboiled cabbage leaf cut to the proper size for the slider.
Place sliced red onion in a strainer and boil a kettle of water.
In the jar you're using to store the pickled onion, place vinegar, salt, honey, garlic, and peppercorns. Stir until salt and honey are dissolved.
Once water boils, slowly pour water over the sliced onion. Blanching them so their slightly tender.
Give the strainer a little shake to help get rid of excessive water, then add onion to the jar with vinegar mixture. Press into jar until onion is fully submerged. Seal and place in refrigerator for AT LEAST 2 hours before using.
In an Instant Pot, pour half the jar of salsa and make sure bottom is evenly coated.
Place chicken on top of salsa, then onion on top of chicken.
In a small bowl, combine spices (salt through coriander). Season onion and chicken evenly, then top with remaining salsa.
Seal Instant Pot, then select "Meat/Stew" setting and cook for 90 minutes. Once it's done, let rest for 5 minutes, then release the vent for the steam.
After the steam settles, remove lid and, using two forks, shred the chicken!
Serve on tortillas with pickled onions and other toppings! You'll find some of our topping favorites listed above but we encourage you to add whatever your favorite toppings are!
TO MAKE PALEO: use lettuce leaves instead of tortillas (iceberg lettuce is nice and sturdy and will have a good crunch!) and OMIT any dairy (so no cheese or sour cream as a topping)
TO MAKE KETO, aka HOT MELT: follow Paleo instructions above AND make sure to had a generous serving of avocado!