Spice is a relatively new thing to my taste buds.
Not that I’ve never tried anything spicy, it’s just that for most of my life my taste buds would cry and call me a meany-face when I tried something a little too fiery. (They’re sissy little things.)
Thankfully, they’ve changed and we’ve come to a mutually agreeable comfort-level with spice.
However, you won’t find me at one of those crazy hot wings challenges…. I can tolerate an appropriate amount of spice, not the heat of the sun.
And these honey-chipotle meatballs are definitely in my comfort level of spice! Just enough zing to make ’em taste great without overpowering the other flavors.
The fresh lime & cilantro help counterbalance the spice with this filling combo of turkey & rice. We drizzled the honey-chipotle sauce on the rice – highly recommend!
Honey-Chipotle Meatballs & Cilantro-Lime Rice; adapted from Martha Stewart
1 lb ground turkey or beef
1/2 yellow onion, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
pinch of salt & pepper
1/4 c. honey
1/4 c. chopped chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
4 t. cider vinegar
1 T. olive oil
The Prep: Preheat oven to 375°. In a bowl, combine the ground turkey or beef, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix until combined, form into 10-12 meatballs. In a separate bowl, combine the honey, chipotle chiles, and cider vinegar. Heat the olive oil in an oven-proof skillet at med-high heat. Add meatballs and cook until they have browned on all sides, 12-15 minutes. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 5 minutes. Remove the skillet from the oven and pour the sauce over the meatballs, stir them around until they are coated, then put the skillet in the oven and bake for 5 more minutes. Serve on cilantro-lime rice.
1 c. brown long-grain rice (can use white long-grain rice)
2 T. fresh lime juice
1 garlic clove or 1/4 t. garlic powder
pinch of salt
The Prep: In medium saucepan, bring 2 cups water to boil. Add rice, garlic, and salt; cover and let simmer for 18-20 minutes. Once the rice is fully cooked, stir in the lime juice and cilantro and fluff with a fork.