Mini Asian Meatballs – Party Pleaser!

Yesterday we went to a BBQ and signed up to bring an appetizer. My husband automatically said he wanted meatballs so I turned to the internet to find a recipe for cocktail meatballs. After looking for about an hour I found “the one.” This recipe does not take 5-8 hours in the crockpot (this was key because time was not on my side.) Also if you cook a lot of Asian style foods you probably have a lot of the ingredients in your cabinet. If you don’t have the ingredients however it will be a little more pricey initially but don’t fret because you can make a ton of great recipes with those same left over ingredients. These little morsels are very flavorful and extremely easy to throw together.

INGREDIENTS:

For the meatballs:

-2 lbs. ground beef

-2 tsp. sesame oil

-1 cup Panko breadcrumbs (oriential foods aisle at the grocery market)

-1/2 tsp. ground ginger (I grated fresh ginger and did not used dried ginger)

-2 eggs

-3 tsp. minced garlic

-1/2 cup of sliced green onion (you want to slice these guys pretty thin)

-garnish (completely optional): sesame seeds lightly toasted in a pan over the oven.

Ingredients for Sauce:

– 2/3 cup of hoisin sauce (oriential foods aisle at the grocery market)

-1/4 cup of rice vinegar (oriential foods aisle at the grocery market)

-2 garlic cloves minced

-2 tbsp. soy sauce (oriential foods aisle at the grocery market)

-1 tsp. sesame oil (oriential foods aisle at the grocery market)

-1tsp. ground ginger (once again I grated fresh ginger instead of using dried ground ginger)

DIRECTIONS:

1.) Preheat oven to 400 degrees

2.) In a fairly large bowl mix together all the ingredients for the meatballs.

3.) Once combined roll the mixture into 1-in balls and place in a greased baking sheet. (Approx 30-40 balls)

4.) Bake 10-12 minutes until browned and not longer pink.

5.) While the meatballs are baking whisk together all the ingredients for the sauce.

6.) Drop baked meatballs into the sauce and fold the balls into sauce to coat.

7.) If you want to keep them warm (like I did) put the balls and sauce into a crockpot and turn to low/warm.

8.) Either have the sesame seed garnish in a separate bowl by the meatballs or dump them into the sauce and mix.

9.) Make tons of copies of this recipe to hand out to your friends who ask for it 🙂

**Photo is an original by me

**Original recipe was found at http://www.allrecipes.com

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