So I’ve been on this Hoisin kick as of late. I’m totally obsessed with it. My butcher shop had fresh ground pork on sale the other day and I knew I had to make something with it. Since I’ve been in an appetizer-kinda-mood as of late and it is the holiday entertaining season, I figured it was perfect to make these an appetizer. Now these little meatballs can be plated all fancy-like (like in the pics) or in a big ol’ crock pot on your buffet table. Heck you can stick a toothpick in ’em and plate them that way on a plate of shredded slaw. Mmmmm! Actually I did that one night. Took some shredded slaw (plain), added some hot meatballs, some of the killer sauce and added some crunchy noodles to it. TA DA! Instant AMAZING DINNER!
Seriously, don’t these look awesome? They are so scrumptious and SUPER easy to make!
Literally it took maybe 10 minutes to mix and roll and then another 15 min or so to bake. Now I made these as appetizers but you could easily make this as a full blown dinner. Imagine these mixed in with some rice noodles or lo mein noodles, some chopped scallions, maybe some water chestnuts, baby corn and crunchy fried wontons!
Yes… I had it that way too *wink* LOL
Next, let’s dish on these most ADORABLE little spoons! They recently opened up a new HomeGoods store in my area. I had only ever been to one a few years ago when I was in New York. I immediately fell in love with that store. Have you ever been to one? It’s an ‘everything’ store but at deep discounts. However the stuff they have, at least for the Food Porn Shots (Cake plates, platters, serving bowls, these spoons, etc…) are GORGEOUS and so inexpensive! About 2 weeks after they opened I happened upon this store. Literally I think my car saw the store before I did as it immediately started to drive towards it. When I saw it, folks… I wish you could have seen the biggest smile I had on my face!
I was giddy like a kid on Christmas morning! As I wandered around in awe wanting to put EVERYTHING in my buggy (yes, buggy – buggy is a Pittsburgh term for shopping cart). I found these on an end cap. They came with 4 spoons and a slate serving plate. Wanna know how much?
Yes, really! The spoons are a heavy porcelain and the slate isn’t that light either. These are awesome!
So as I was making these meatballs I’m honestly not sure what I was more excited about – eating them OR using these most adorable spoons ever!
Now normally prior to a photo shoot I’ll try the foods. That is dependent on the type of food though – can’t exactly try a quiche prior to shooting it. Well unless you make 2. Typically I’ll have one or even a bite then go do the shoot however that was not the case in these. I literally inhaled 4 standing at the kitchen counter doing the “Mmm Mmm Mmm” shimmy shake dance. Thank GOD no one was in the kitchen as they would have thought I was losing it. Dancing to no music. Well there was music but it was in my head/mouth. LOL
As I plated these my smile kept getting bigger and bigger as I was falling deeper in love with these spoons. I NEED to get back to the store and see if they have another set. Now this isn’t something I would have for say one of our parties as I’d need about 500 of ’em and yeah… I’m not washing 500 of these but for a nice formal sit down dinner with 10 or so close friends, yeah, I would so use these.
Whether you have these spoons or not, you NEED to make these! They Hoisin Asian Meatballs will ROCK your holidays!Print
Day 23 – Countdown to Christmas 2013 Hoisin Asian Meatballs
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- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 teaspoon Sesame Oil
- 1/2–3/4 teaspoon Sriracha Sauce (go with how hot you like it)
- 1/2 cup Panko or Gluten Free Panko
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 3 heaping tablespoon of green onions (whites and greens) ~ 3 green onions minced plus additional for garnish
- Sesame seeds, for garnish
- 1/2 cup Hoisin Sauce
- 2 tablespoon Rice Wine Vinegar
- 2 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce
- 2 teaspoon Sesame Oil
- 2 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
- 1–2 teaspoon honey
- Preheat oven to 400F with a rack in the middle.
- Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly spray.
- In a large bowl, combine ground pork, sesame oil, Sriracha, Panko, ginger, egg, garlic and green onion.
- Using clean hands (or a clean mixing spoon) stir until combined but try not to overwork the meat.
- Roll the mixture into 1 1/2” meatballs. I find that wetting my hands slightly helps prevent the mixture from sticking.
- Place the meatballs onto prepared baking sheet and spray with olive oil.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the internal temperature is 165F.
- To make the hoisin sauce, place a small sauce pan over medium heat.
- Add in hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, ginger and honey.
- Whisk until combined and just heated through.
- At this point you can place the meatballs on a toothpick, dip in the sauce and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds. You can also dip them and plate in little serving dishes.
- To make a big batch, place the cooked meatballs in a Crock Pot, add in the sauce, sesame seeds and green onions and keep on low/warm.
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Recipe Reviews & Comments
I don’t have fresh ginger and i want to make these this weekend. Would ground ginger work in palce of the fresh?
Yes but reduce it by half the amount. Dried herbs/spices are more potent than fresh.
Best Kitchen Wishes!
I made this for a Christmas Party this past Saturday. I tripled the recipe and I’m glad I did. There were no leftovers at all. The only thing I did different is that I couldn’t find sesame oil in the store and I had only enough at home to make the meatballs, so I toasted some sesame seeds in a pan and then added them to the sauce. My kids were mad that they didn’t get to try any, so I will have to make them again this weekend.
WOO HOO Jennifer! That’s awesome to hear! Yeah, I’ve found that I’ve been making more dishes that use sesame oil so I went out and bought a larger bottle of it from the one restaurant store I go to. I absolutely love these! Mmmm… great suggestion on toasting the sesame seeds and putting them in the sauce!
Best Kitchen Wishes and Merry Christmas!
Ry Dogg says
Wow! the pictures look great, food looks better! 🙂
Thank you so much Ry! As Terri said above a year ago I asked 9 bajillion questions on how to use my camera (Canon EOS 7D). I had no clue what aperture, ISO or white balance was. I still am no where near the level of a professional photographer but I’m learning. I’ve always said we eat with our eyes. So if the picture can draw someone in, they are more inclined to try a recipe.
And speaking of recipes, these things are AMAZING! I ate the entire batch myself (over a period of several days though)! LOL
Best Kitchen Wishes!
Terri Fleischman says
Not only does this look delicious but you’d never in a million years guess that a year ago you questioned your ability to take food pix.
Aw shucks, thank you! I’m still no where near where I think I should be for food photography. I’ve learned though a ton by asking you all as well as reading online and watching a bajillion tutorials. Practice makes perfect right?
I was actually looking at some of my first posts from a few years go. MY GOD those pics are horrific! LOL
Thanks again hon!