Last Minute Mango-Coconut Meatballs

I'm sure it's of no surprise to you by now...that I have a penchant for the exotic flavors of the orient in my kitchen. Somewhere between Thailand and India seems to be where I hover. My time, however, does not allow me to travel that far on any given night. Here's my solution to a 30 minute meal on a budget, not forgoing the sweet Eastern breeze that carries it to the table.

1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef 1 jar Trader Joe's Mango Ginger Chutney 1 tsp. garam masala curry powder 1 egg 3 cups panko crumbs, divided 1/4 cup coconut milk shredded coconut (optional) salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400F. In a large bowl, mix beef, chutney, garam masala, egg, and 1 cup panko crumbs, and coconut milk. Combine really well, add salt and pepper to taste (The chutney is sweet and salty already.) Roll mixture into small 1 to 2 inch balls, and roll in the remaining panko crumbs (which you can combine with some shredded coconut if you prefer.) Place on parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes or so, or until cooked all the way through, and crispy on the outside.

Serve over rice. Sides? Try pairing it with my Asian Style Chilled Asparagus.

Dinner is served. No plane tickets required. Enjoy!