"The first time I found out I could make kabobs in the microwave, I was thrilled because cooking on the grill can be such a hassle for just two people," explains Kitty Hernandez of Chicago, Illinois. "The sweet and tangy homemade meatballs are very easy and so tasty."
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- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup crushed chow mein noodles
- 2 tablespoons plus 3/4 cup apple cider or juice, divided
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger, divided
- 3/4 pound ground pork
- 1 medium green pepper, cut into 3/4-inch chunks
- 1 medium sweet red pepper, cut into 3/4-inch chunks
- 20 small fresh mushrooms
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
- In a bowl, combine the egg, chow mein noodles, 2 tablespoons cider, soy sauce and 1/4 teaspoon ginger. Crumble pork over mixture and mix well. Shape into 20 meatballs.
- On 10 soaked wooden skewers, alternately thread peppers and mushrooms; add one meatball to both ends of each skewer. Place in an ungreased 11-in. x 7-in. microwave-safe dish; set aside.
- In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the cornstarch, vinegar and remaining cider and ginger until smooth. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 3-4 minutes or until thickened, stirring every 30 seconds.
- Pour 1/4 cup glaze over the kabobs. Loosely cover with waxed paper. Microwave on high for 6-8 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°, turning and brushing with drippings every 2 minutes. Serve with remaining glaze. Yield: 3 servings.
Originally published as Pork Meatballs Kabobs in Quick Cooking January/February 2005, p24
Light-Bodied White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.
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