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Asian Meatballs

Photo: Mark Thomas; Styling: Gerri Williams
Prep time 40 mins
Cook time 4 hrs
Yield 48 meatballs (serving size: 2 meatballs)
Asian Meatballs are a fun and flavorful way to kick off Christmas dinner. Mix in fresh snap peas for more color and crunch.


  • Meatballs:
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1/3 cup water chestnuts, finely chopped
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 small jalapeño, seeded, finely chopped (about 2 Tbsp.)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped (about 1 Tbsp.)
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • Sauce:
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped jalapeño (seeds removed)
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped (about 1 Tbsp.)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup duck sauce
  • 1/2 cup sweet and sour sauce
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 scallions, white and light green parts, thinly sliced (about 1/3 cup)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 122
  • fat 7 g
  • satfat 2 g
  • protein 6 g
  • carbohydrate 10 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 29 mg
  • sodium 288 mg

How to Make It

  1. Make meatballs: Preheat oven to 375ºF. Mist a large, rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine all meatball ingredients and mix gently but thoroughly with your fingers. Using wet hands, shape mixture into 1 1/4-inch balls and place on baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, until meatballs are slightly browned on the outside, shaking pan occasionally.

  2. In a large bowl, combine all sauce ingredients except scallions, stirring well. Place meatballs in slow cooker, pour sauce over and stir gently. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours. Turn heat to warm setting and serve meatballs directly from slow cooker or, alternatively, transfer meatballs to a serving platter or bowl. Garnish with scallions and serve.

Also appeared in: All You, December, 2013, Homemade for the Holidays SIP;