Hoisin Asian Meatballs

I found this recipe for Hoisin Asian Meatballs a couple of years ago on Pinterest and thought I’d give it a try. I wasn’t disappointed! The meatballs are easy to make, baked not fried, and are coated with a wonderful Asian-inspired Hoisin glaze.Hoisin Asian Meatballs / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Hoisin sauce is a commonly used Asian glaze for meat or as an addition to a stir-fry dish… think “Chinese BBQ Sauce”… a bit sweet and a bit spicy. It is widely used in Chinese cooking, and when used as a base and combined with a few other Asian-inspired ingredients,  creates a pretty tasty sauce for the meatballs.

The recipe yields approximately 18 one and a half inch meatballs.Because of the short cooking time, they can easily be ready to serve in 30 minutes, which is an added bonus, right? Right! The meatballs can be used solely as individual appetizers, or as a main course (which is how I served them), paired with some rice and a vegetable. Hope you will give these Hoisin Asian Meatballs a try… I think you will like them! I know we did!

Hoisin Asian Meatballs / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Original Recipe Source: http://damndelicious.net/2012/12/16/hoisin-asian-meatballs-sundaysupper/

Hoisin Asian Meatballs
 
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Small meatballs, covered in a sweet and spicy Asian-inspired glaze are sure to please!
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: 18 meatballs
Ingredients
FOR THE MEATBALLS:
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced (stem and bulb), divided (3 for meatballs, 1 for garnish)
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish
FOR THE HOISIN GLAZE:
  • ¼ cup Hoisin sauce (found in ethnic section at grocery store)
  • 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
Directions
  1. Before making meatballs, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Place a sheet of parchment paper onto a large baking sheet.
  2. Prepare the meatballs: Mix the ground beef, sesame oil, Panko bread crumbs, ginger, egg, garlic and green onion together in a large bowl. Make sure the ingredients are fully incorporated together. Once combined, use your (clean) hands to form the meat mixture into approximately 18 one and a half inch wide meatballs.
  3. As each meatball is formed, place it on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake the meatballs at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes (meatballs should be browned and cooked through).
  4. Prepare hoisin glaze while meatballs are baking: Mix the glaze ingredients (hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger and garlic) in a small bowl until fully combined.
  5. As soon as meatballs are done, drizzle hoisin glaze over the top of each meatball, garnish with reserved green onions and sesame seeds and serve while hot.
  6. If serving as appetizer, insert toothpicks or small skewers into each meatball on serving tray. If serving as main dish, serve it along with rice and a vegetable.
  7. Enjoy!

 

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