Saucy Asian Meatballs

Anyone looking for a fun new appetizer (or even main course!) for the big game this week? These saucy Asian meatballs are some of my favorites!!! I first made them a few months ago when I was experimenting with multiple meatball recipes to serve for a fundraiser. And when my friends graciously “helped me out” with some taste testing, these little guys were the clear winner! My friend’s 1-yr-old son was even crazy about them as well. ;) Definitely easy, quick, and bursting with yummy flavor. And everyone commented on how they’re a nice twist from traditional marinara meatballs. Give them a try!

Photo by Connie V.

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Ingredients

  • Meatball Ingredients:

  • 2

    lbs. ground pork or ground beef

  • 2

    tsp. sesame oil

  • 1

    cup Panko or breadcrumbs

  • 1/2

    tsp. ground ginger

  • 2

    eggs

  • 3

    tsp. minced garlic

  • 1/2

    cup thinly-sliced green onions

  • optional garnish: toasted sesame seeds, sliced scallions

  • Asian Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2/3

    cup hoisin sauce

  • 1/4

    cup rice vinegar

  • 2

    garlic cloves, minced

  • 2

    Tbsp. soy sauce

  • 1

    tsp. sesame oil

  • 1

    tsp. ground ginger

Directions

Preheat oven to 400. In a large bowl, mix together meatball ingredients until well-combined. Shape into balls (I made mine about 1.5 inches, which yielded about 35 meatballs, but 1 inch is probably standard), and place on a greased baking sheet or in a 9×13 baking dish. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until meatballs are golden on the outside and no longer pink on the inside. While the meatballs are baking, whisk together all of the sauce ingredients until blended. Once meatballs have finished cooking, you can either dip each meatball individually (using a toothpick) in the sauce mixture. Or you can pour the sauce over the meatballs and gently stir them until covered. Serve warm, and sprinkle with additional garnish if desired. Ali’s Tip: You can also keep these warm (after cooking) in the crockpot on a low setting!

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