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These baked Asian meatballs are full of flavor from fresh ginger, garlic, lime, cilantro and a few drops of hot chili oil. They make a great appetizer but can also easily be turned into a main dish when served with coconut rice.
This post was originally published on Feb. 10, 2015.
How to make Asian meatballs:
1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a small bowl, mix together 1/2 cup milk and 1 teaspoon lime juice. Cut 2 slices of sandwich bread into small cubes, stir them into the milk mix and let them soak for 10 minutes. The soaked bread will add flavor to the meatballs and will also keep them from getting too dense (a trick I learned from America’s Test Kitchen).
2. Using a fork, mash up the soaked bread cubes.
3. In a large bowl, stir together 1 pound ground beef (90 percent lean) and the mashed bread mix.
4. Prepare the remaining ingredients: 1/3 cup finely chopped cilantro, 4 teaspoons soy sauce, 2 minced or pressed garlic cloves, 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger and 1 whole egg.
5. Mix the remaining ingredients into the mix.
6. Using a metal scoop or a large spoon, form 18 to 20 meatballs, set them directly onto non-stick baking sheets and bake the meatballs until cooked through (about 20 minutes).
7. To make the chili oil, add 2 tablespoons vegetable oil and 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes to a small pan and heat until the flakes start to sizzle.
8. Drizzle a few drops of the hot oil onto the meatballs and serve.
RECIPE TIP: You can easily make this appetizer recipe a main course by serving the meatballs with coconut rice. I recommend this recipe: Coconut Rice.
More Asian-inspired recipes:
- Spicy Edamame
- Asian Noodle Salad
- Stir Fry Sauce
- Sweet and Sour Ginger Roasted Mushrooms
- Thai Chicken Curry
- Cold Sesame Noodles
- Fried Coconut Rice with Shrimp
- Ginger Lime Cilantro Chicken Wings
- Hot and Sour Soup
- Chicken Noodle Stir Fry
- Sesame Tofu
- Spicy Coconut Shrimp Soup
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- 2 slices sandwich bread
- 1 pound ground beef, 90 percent lean
- 1/3 cup finely chopped cilantro
- 4 teaspoons soy sauce
- 2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
- 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
- 1 egg
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- Mix milk and lime juice together in a bowl, cut the sandwich bread into 1-inch cubes and soak in the milk mix for 10 minutes.
- Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Mash up the soaked bread cubes with a fork.
- In a large bowl, stir together the beef and the mashed bread mix.
- Mix in the cilantro, soy sauce, garlic, ginger and egg.
- Form 18 to 20 meatballs using a metal scoop or a large spoon and set them directly on non-stick baking sheets.
- Bake the meatballs until they are cooked through (about 20 minutes).
- Heat vegetable oil and pepper flakes in a pan until the oil is sizzling. Let cool.
- Drizzle a few drops of the hot oil onto the meatballs and serve.
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