Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Yummy Asian Meatballs


I had my first snowday in years today and what better way to spend my time than work on the blog? I have a few recipes and photos that I've been meaning to work on from a while back but I was just so excited about this recipe that I couldn't wait to post it - it got to cut to the front of the line.

This is another one of the recipes I made for my birthday party and just HAD to remake in order to take photos and blog because they are just THAT GOOD. I also love that these are just so easy to whip up.I don't need to set aside any real time for prep --> chop green onion, mix everything together and VOILA! prep is done! It's the perfect appetizer to make right before your guests walk in the door, stick them in the oven and they're finished, hot and ready to be devoured right as your guests are arriving.


I've never really been a meatball as an appetizer fan - I just personally think that they tend to be really heavy, especially when they are drowning in marinara. These meatballs do not have that heaviness, but  they have a nice balance of savory and sweet while feeling lighter than your average meatball.

Ingredients

For the Meatballs:
1 pound Ground Beef
1 tsp Sesame Oil
1/2 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
1/4 tsp Ground Ginger
1 large Egg
4 cloves Garlic, minced
2 green onions, thinly sliced
Sesame seeds, for garnish

For the Sauce:
1/4 cup Hoisin Sauce
2 tbs Rice Vinegar
1 tbs Soy Sauce
1/2 tsp Sesame Oil
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1/2 tsp Ground Ginger

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly coat cookie sheet with cooking spray.

Mix ground beef, sesame oil, panko, ginger, egg, garlic, and about 3/4 of your chopped onion (reserving some for garnish) in a large bowl. I use my hands - It's fun. Mix well, making sure to incorporate all the ingredients evenly throughout. 


Form your meatballs into 1 to 1 1/2 inch balls.You should be able to make at least 18 meat balls. I usually do 6 rows of 3 meatballs on my cookie sheet, leaving enough space between each ball to cook evenly. Cook at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes or until cooked all the way through. 


While your meatballs cook, whisk together your sauce ingredients. Once cooked, place your meatballs in their serving dish, top with sauce, garnish with reserved green onion & sesame seeds. 

Holy Yum & Holy Easy - the best of both worlds!





2 comments :

  1. So trying these. I think I've already got everything but the meat!! (did you use a leaner ground beef?)

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    1. I did use a leaner ground beef - 90% lean.

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