Saucy and Asian?
No, I’m not talking about me.
I know, bad joke. I’m talking about these meatballs! This dish is great to make in a pinch to bring to a party or serve to guests.
I made these as an appetizer for the Super Bowl party I went to. The sesame oil in the meatballs added a nice unique flavor. The sauce was very saucy – a fitting name indeed. It had great Asian flavors with the hoisin sauce and rice vinegar and was just a little sweet but with a nice kick of the ground ginger. I would definitely amp up the spice next time with some fresh ginger in the meatballs.
People were loving the meatballs but no one (not an exaggeration) appreciated a NY Giants fan. I seem to always find myself in enemy territory. The last time the Pats and Giants were in the Super Bowl I was in a house full of Pats’ fans in Boston. Today I was in a house full of Niner fans who wanted to see the Giants lose.
It was a crazy nail-biting game in the 4th quarter. I really didn’t know which way it would go. Congrats Giants!
Saucy Asian Meatballs
Recipe from gimme some oven
Makes about 35 meatballs
- 2 lbs ground beef or ground pork (I used beef.)
- 2 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 cup Panko or breadcrumbs
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 eggs
- 3 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
- sesame seeds or sliced scallions (optional)
- 2/3 cup hoisin sauce
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
*Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
*In a large bowl, mix together meatball ingredients until well-combined. Shape into balls and placed on a greased baking sheet. 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.