Monday, September 23, 2013

Asian Meatballs

Confession time: I have never made meatballs. I know! Well, never until now. For Secret Recipe Club this month, I was assigned to Danielle's blog, Hugs and Cookies. She has a ton of recipes that would be fun to try. After finding these Asian meatballs, I knew I had my recipe for the month. Danielle also has a lot of other meatball recipes, so even though this was my first time making meatballs, I can promise you that it won't be my last!

For the meatballs, in a medium bowl combine the ground beef, sesame oil,

egg, garlic, green onions and breadcrumbs.

Mix this up well so that all the ingredients are incorporated. I used my hands - I figured I was going to get them messed up rolling the meatballs anyway! When it's all good and mixed, take the meat and roll it into balls and then place them on a foil lined large baking sheet.

Bake the meatballs for 12-15 minutes or until cooked through. While they're baking, make the sauce. In a measuring cup, combine the hoisin sauce, rice vinegar,

garlic, soy sauce

and sesame oil. Now you'll want to heat up the sauce - you can bring it to a simmer in a saucepan, or to save a dish, you can microwave it for about 1 1/2 minutes (if you're microwaving, wait and do it after the meatballs have been removed from the oven.)

Another thing to do while the meatballs bake is toast the sesame seeds. I do this in a dry skillet over medium heat - just watch them very carefully and shake the pan around frequently - once they start to toast, they will darken quickly so pay attention!

Transfer the cooked meatballs to a serving dish, then cover with the sauce,

and sprinkle with sesame seeds. You can garnish with green onion slices, too!

These meatballs are great served with rice and a vegetable (like asparagus or green beans) and would also be a terrific appetizer. Here's to the beginning of my meatball future!

One year ago: English Muffin Bread
Two years ago: Dalmatian Bars
Three years ago: Poppy Seed Bread
Four years ago: Beef with Broccoli

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Asian Meatballs

1 pound ground beef
1 tsp. toasted sesame oil
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
1 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds

2/3 cup hoisin sauce
1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. sesame oil

For meatballs, combine the ground beef, sesame oil, breadcrumbs, egg, garlic and green onions in a medium bowl. Mix well until all the ingredients are incorporated. Roll the mixture into balls and place on a large foil-lined baking sheet. Bake at 400 for 12-15 minutes or until cooked through.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, soy sauce and sesame oil. Over medium heat, bring the mixture to a simmer and cook and stir for two minutes.

Transfer the meatballs to a serving dish, cover with the warm sauce, and sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds. Makes 4 main dish servings, or 8-10 appetizer servings.


  1. My kiddies love meatballs so I think this might be our next adventure in meatballs! Thy usually like the Asian flavors so this might be a hit!

  2. I've only ever made Italian style meatballs but I'm with Heather - going to try this out with my meatball loving daughter :)

  3. Love me a good meatball! So creative!

  4. HI! I am new to group C and this is my first reveal day! Lovely step-by-step photos and a GREAT SRC pick too! Karen

  5. What a great appetizer or main course! Yummy. Glad to be part of SRC group C with you.

  6. I love all foods with hoison following from all my bloggy friends hop have a great day I'm lorraine at

  7. I LOVE meatballs, these look wonderful! My favorite thing is to make meatballs for parties, people just seem to love them.

  8. I am not a meatball fan, but I love the idea of an Asian twist to them! I am definitely going to try these! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Love the Asian flavors. These look really good.

  10. We make a similar recipe and my 4 yr old always wants these when I ask him what he wants for dinner ;) Thanks so much for linking up to All My Bloggy Friends last week!

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  12. Made them and we they are VERY good! Thanks for sharing.


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