• Asian-inspired Mini-Meatballs

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    Asian-inspired Mini-Meatballs
    Prep: 30 min Cook: 1 hours Servings: 10
    by Amos Miller
    101 recipes
    A perfect appetizer, great hot or cold, and can be easily made the day before the party in a large crock pot. All you’ll need is toothpicks and tiny plates! I’ve built upon an interesting recipe I found for meatballs with a teriyaki sauce and the inclusion of, yes, dried cranberries. This was so tasty when I first made my version, the kitchen just ate ‘em. Now its a go-to for a party appetizer. So I’m sharing with you. As always - it is important to have all your mise en place before you begin.


    • The Meatballs
    • 2 TBS olive oil
    • 3 lbs 80% lean ground beef
    • 1 lb 80% lean ground pork
    • ¼ C panko bread crumbs (regular or gluten free work fine)
    • ¼ C masa flour
    • 1 egg lightly beaten
    • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
    • ½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
    • 3 tsp fine sea salt
    • The Sauce
    • 1½ C whole cranberry sauce
    • ½ C soy sauce
    • 1/3 C apple jelly
    • 1/3 C dry white wine
    • 2 TBS Chinese cooking wine (like Fukien cooking wine)
    • 2 TBS dried cranberries
    • 2 TBS honey
    • 1 tsp Sriracha (you can add more if you dare, but this will satisfy most folks for that nice light 'follow up heat')
    • 1 TBS fresh ginger, finely minced
    • 1 tsp sesame oil
    • 2 green onions (trim off the hollow tops, slice longways, turn, slice longways again, then mince)
    • ½ tsp fine sea salt
    • ½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
    • The Garnish
    • 3 green onions, tops trimmed, finely sliced
    • 2 TBS sesame seeds, toasted
    • 2 TBS dried cranberries, chopped


    1. For the meatballs:
    2. Combine the beef and pork well
    3. Combine the egg and Worcestershire sauce with the meats
    4. Combine the panko , masa, salt and pepper with the meat mixture
    5. Form 1” to 1¼ “ balls (this is an appetizer, not a main dish) by rolling the meat mixture quickly in the palms of your hands. Compression is good. You’re going to cook them in batches.
    6. Heat the oil in a large skillet and brown the first batch over medium heat, shaking the skillet to roll the meatballs and lightly brown them evenly, then transfer to a 3-qt crock pot. While they brown, make a second batch, and repeat until all meatballs are browned and in the crock pot.
    7. For the Sauce:
    8. Combine all the sauce ingredients in a sauce pan and heat thoroughly until slightly thickened
    9. Cook:
    10. Pour the sauce over the meatballs and make sure all are coated
    11. Turn the temperature to High and set the timer for 1 hour
    12. Options:
    13. You can move the finished appetizers to a serving dish prior to garnishing or garnish in the crock pot and turn it to low to keep the dish warm. These are also excellent as a cold appetizer, believe it or not.
    14. Garnish:
    15. Sprinkle the green onions and cranberries over the now-cooked meatballs and well-thickened sauce. Finish with the sprinkling of the toasted sesame seeds.

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    • MT C
      MT C
      Looks good for New Years!

      MT C
      • Amos Miller
        Amos Miller
        I'll guarantee it, if you follow this recipe. I've tried it with fine bread crumbs, more of them & more masa - not as good. I'm happy with this. You can prepare this the day before and reheat it in the oven and it is delicious. It thickens substantially by the end of an hour in a crock pot on High. Let me know how it goes for you & your guests. Best regards!


      • ShaleeDP
        Ah yes, i have my own recipe for meatballs. The kids love 'em!
        • A.L. Wiebe
          A.L. Wiebe
          Oh yeah, Baby!!
          • Amos Miller
            Amos Miller
            A.L. - I can always count on you for a perfect summation of a recipe. I will be serving this dish on the Christmas menu this year as part of the appetizer selection. I'll post the photos next week. Try to tune in. And have a wonderful Christmas / Chanuka / New Year & 2015!
            • A.L. Wiebe
              A.L. Wiebe
              I too will be serving this, but for New Year's Eve. Well, that's my plan, but by the time I test some (for quality control, of course) there may not be enough left for our guests.
              Thankyou for the Christmas and New Years wishes. I hope that your Christmas and 2015 are equally wonderful. Cheers!

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