Packed with flavour and dipped in a sweet and delicious hoisin sauce, these meatballs make the perfect traditional comfort food with an Asian twist.
As a huge fan of Asian food, I was desperate to try this recipe as soon as I saw it on Gimme Some Oven. The meatballs can be served as a canapé or, as I chose, with rice or spaghetti as a main course. They’re really quick and easy to make and are so delicious you’ll want to devour the whole batch!
Ingredients: (makes about 15 meatballs)
For the meatballs:
- 1 lbs. minced beef
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 cup breadcrumbs (can make your own with gluten-free bread)
- 2-inches grated ginger
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp garlic oil
- ¼ cup finely sliced spring onion (green bit only)
For the sauce:
- 1/3 cup hoisin sauce
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp garlic oil
- 2 tbsp soy sauce (tamari for gluten-free)
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1-inch grated ginger
- 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
Preheat the oven to 200°C.
In a large bowl, mix together all the meatball ingredients until completely combined. Shape the mixture into balls (about 1.5 inches) and place on a lined baking tray. Bake for 15 minutes or until the meatballs are beginning to turn golden on the outside and are no longer pink on the inside.
Whilst waiting for the meatballs to cook, mix together all of the sauce ingredients until fully blended. This should create a thick sauce packed with flavour. (Note – fodmappers should check the ingredients of the hoisin sauce as some varieties contain gluten. Alternatively, you could try making your own).
Once the meatballs are cooked, remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes. Then dip each meatball individually into the sauce or pour the sauce over the meatballs.
Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and plate up! I enjoyed my saucy Asian meatballs with brown rice and courgette, which perfectly complemented them.