Sunday, January 23, 2011


I was trying to make sweet and sour meatballs the other day, but realized I was out of a few necessary ingredients. Wondering what I could do with Hoisin sauce, I found this recipe. Overall, it was well-liked and makes a good weeknight meal. The meatball recipe itself wasn't anything spectacular, so go ahead and make your own favorite recipe if you have one like I do.

recipe from here

1 pound of ground beef or pork
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon flour 
salt, pepper
1/2 cup minced onion
1 green onion chopped
2 teaspoons fresh minced ginger
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/4 cup milk, 
1/4 cup bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine ingredients with your hands preferably. Do not over mix. Allow to rest in the refrigerator approximatly 30 minutes to an hour if possible. This allows the flavors to mix. Using a ice cream scoop, divide the meat into even sized balls and roll them in between your hands to form balls. 

You can saute your meatballs or bake them. For small balls bake for about 20-25 minutes. For larger ones bake about 35-45 minutes.

Hoisin Barbecue Sauce:
1/3 cup hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons oyster sauce (I left this out)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup beef stock or broth
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1/3 cup apple juice or cider
3-4 tablespoons of ketchup

1 tablespoon corn starch + 1 tablespoon of water (optional)
salt and pepper if necessary
*pinch of chili flakes

In a sauce pot combine hoisin sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, stock, vinegar, juice or wine, and ketchup. Bring to a boil and whisk until thickened.  You can the cornstarch to thicken it more rapidly. (Do this by combining cold water with corn starch and stirring it into the sauce.)

Once thick you serve hot with the meatballs and rice, and additional green onion for garnish.

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