Friends will love the ingenuity of Meatballs in Brussels Sprout Cups. Little meatballs are cradled in Brussels sprout cups for a clever seasonal appetizer.
2 medium shallots, divided
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 pound ground pork
1/2 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1/2 cup finely chopped shiitake mushroom caps (about 3.5 ounces)
2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon nama shoyu or lower-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 egg white
8 to 10 large Brussels sprouts
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 375°.
Thinly slice 1 shallot; separate into rings. Combine sliced shallot, red wine vinegar, and granulated sugar in a small bowl. Let stand 1 hour.
Finely chop remaining shallot. Combine with pork and next 11 ingredients (through egg white) in a large bowl. With wet hands, divide mixture into 40 portions (1 scant tablespoon each). Roll each into a 1-inch ball. Arrange on a jelly-roll pan lined with parchment paper. Bake at 375° for 16 minutes.
Preheat broiler to high. Broil meatballs on middle rack 4 minutes or until tops begin to brown.
While meatballs cook, bring a saucepan of water to a boil. Using a paring knife and starting from the root end, carefully remove outer leaves from the Brussels sprouts, setting aside 40 large leaves. Reserve cores for another use. Add leaves to boiling water; cook 1 minute. Drain. Immediately place leaves in a bowl of ice water. Drain. Pat leaves dry with paper towels.
Arrange 1 meatball in each Brussels sprout "cup." Top each with 1 shallot slice.
The meatballs themselves were absolutely delicious. Creating the brussel sprout cups was very time consuming and I don't think they contributed anything to the taste. They did make for an awesome presentation, though. If I make in the future, I'll only make the meatballs.