Asian Meatballs

Posted by on January 17, 2009 in Blog | 0 comments

meatballsThese are really tasty as a hors d’œuvre, but we like them as part of meal with white rice and a salad or miso soup. If you like Aunt Marion’s Korean Ribs, you’ll love these meatballs.


  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 6 ounces sweet Italian sausage links, removed from casings
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger, divided
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped water chestnut
  • 2 teaspoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped fresh cilantro
  • kosher salt


  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili paste

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a medium bowl, use a fork to combine the pork, sausage, ginger, shallot, water chestnuts, soy sauce and cilantro. Use your hands to form the mixture into 1-inch balls, placing the meatballs into a large roasting pan. Cook the meatballs for 20-25 minutes, shaking the pan every 5 minutes to rotate the meatballs and brown the sides evenly.

In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch with 1 Tablespoon of water and set aside. When the meatballs are done, remove them from the pan to cool. Place the roasting pan over medium heat and add the garlic and ginger. Cook, stirring for 30 seconds. Add the chicken stock, stirring up any cooked on bits. Stir in the remaining soy sauce, brown sugar, and chili paste. Bring the mixture to a boil, then whisk in the cornstarch mixture, and simmer until thickened, about 1 minute.

Pour the warm sauce over the meatballs and toss to coat. The meatballs may be held in the roasting pan, covered with foil for up to 1 hour (over very very low heat if you want).

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