I'm sure that I have mentioned before that I am not a big red meat eater, so I naturally changed this recipe to suit my tastes and used ground turkey instead of ground beef and/or pork -- the results? Awesome! Not only awesomely tasty but awesomely lower in fat than the original recipe!
Saucy Asian Meatballs (Lower Fat Version)
Makes Aprox. 24 one to one and half inch meatballs
1 Lb Ground Turkey
1 tsp Sesame Oil
1/2 Cup Bread Crumbs
1/4 tsp Ground Ginger
1/2 Tbs Minced Garlic Cloves
1/4 Cup FINELY sliced Green Onions
Salt and Pepper to taste
1/2 of a 7 oz Jar Hoisin Sauce
1/8 Cup Rice Vinegar
1 Minced Garlic Clove
1 Tbs Soy Sauce
1/2 tsp Sesame Oil
1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
Sesame Seeds for Garnish
Preheat Oven to 400 degrees. Generously spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
Combine all meatball ingredients in a large bowl. Using your hands or a large spoon, mix ingredients until well incorporated. Next, shape meat into meatballs: mine came out to about 1 - 1.5 inches. Place rolled meatballs onto greased baking sheet.
Bake for 10 min at 400 degrees. After 10 min, flip the oven to Broil and Broil on HIGH for 3-4 min until meatballs are nicely browned and slightly crisp.
While meatballs are baking, whisk together the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
Once meatballs are baked, remove from oven and let cool slightly. If you are ready to eat, GENTLY toss the baked meatballs with the sauce mixture...careful, you don't want to bust any balls :/ (errrrr.....ok, I had to go there, it's a meatball recipe after all!) hehee! If you aren't ready to eat, simply place the baked meatballs into a crock pot set on warm, drizzle with sauce, cover and let sit until ready to eat...before serving, sprinkle sesame seeds over top.
Just to give you an example of how flexible this recipe is, I baked my meatballs around noonish and had them sit in the crock pot until dinner time at 5:00ish and they tasted great!