Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Hoisin Sauce Meatballs

Life has been really busy lately, my mom had an accident and hurt her ankle, just got done doctoring her, and then my husband had surgery, never a dull moment it seems. But I did have a little time to cook, and with it being a new year and trying to eat a little healthier this recipe was yummy. I love meatballs, you can do anything with them and hoisin sauce is one of my favorite asian sauces to cook with. You have to try these meatballs. You can serve them on their own, or in a lettuce wrap with julienned carrots and cucumber would be amazing. I had some salad mix leftover from my Chinese chicken salad (recipe here ) it was just the lettuce mix before adding the dressing. I served my meatballs on a helping of that drizzling with a little of the extra sauce along side a steamed veggie mix. Delicious!!! Enjoy!

Hoisin Sauce Meatballs
1 Pound ground beef
1/2 cup Panko crumbs
2 grated garlic cloves
2 sliced green onions
1 egg
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon grated ginger

Preheat the oven to 425. Place a sheet of parchment paper on a large cookie sheet with deep sides.
Mix all the above ingredients together in a large bowl to combine. Dump the mixture onto a piece of wax paper or parchment paper. With your hands form the meat mixture into a square about 1 to 1-1/2 inches thick. Cut into even squares with a knife; about the size of meatballs you desire. Then take one square of meat at a time and roll into a ball and place on your cookie sheet. This is my favorite way to make meatballs and it's really quick and the balls are more the same size. After your meatballs are all formed, place into your preheated oven and bake for about 15 minutes (for golfball size meatballs, less if they are smaller).
While your meatballs are baking, combine the following in a large saucepan:

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup hoisin sauce (found in the Asian section of most grocery stores)
1 Tablespoon Sriracha sauce
1 Tablespoon Ketchup
1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
1 Tablespoon honey

Whisk together and bring to a simmer; let simmer for 3 minutes. When meatballs are done baking, place in your sauce, tossing slightly to coat, let simmer another 2 to 4 minutes.
Serve as desired and Enjoy!!

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