Saucy Asian Meatballs


Meatball Ingredients:

1 lbs. ground pork or ground beef- [I use ground turkey]
1 tsp. sesame oil
1/2 cup Panko or breadcrumbs
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1 egg
2 tsp. minced garlic
1/4 cup thinly-sliced green onions
*optional garnish: toasted sesame seeds, sliced scallions*

Asian Sauce Ingredients:

1/3 cup hoisin sauce
2 TB rice vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. sesame oil
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
2-4 TB brown sugar [depending on how sweet you like your sauce]
1/2 cup water
 1 or 2 TB cornstarch
* I like to add 1 or 2 TBSP of orange juice to mine too*

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 16-20 meatballs], and place on a greased baking sheet [I use parchment paper] , or in a 9x13-inch baking dish. Bake for 15-18 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. Simmer over medium-low and stir frequently. Once meatballs have finished cooking, you can either dip each meatball individually in the sauce mixture. Or you can pour the sauce over the meatballs and gently stir them until covered.

*I like to steam or stir fry a couple of thinly sliced carrots and about 2 cups of broccoli florets, and serve those alongside the meatballs as a meal. They taste GREAT with this sauce!

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