Friday, November 5, 2010

Teriyaki Meatballs

We halved this recipe and it was plenty for our family of four plus leftovers. I loved how sticky the sauce was! This was a hit with the whole Heaviland clan.

2 pounds ground beef (at least 90% lean)
2 eggs
2/3 cup bread crumbs
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
3 tablespoons milk

1/2 cup soy sauce
1 3/4 cups water
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey

3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup cold water

For the sauce, in a medium bowl mix the soy sauce, 1 3/4 cups water, ginger, garlic powder, brown sugar and honey together. In a separate small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch into the 1/2 cup cold water. Set both bowls aside.

For the meatballs, in a large bowl, combine all the meatball ingredients except for the ground beef and mix well. Add the ground beef and mix until combined. Form ground beef mixture into 1 to 1 1/2-inch meatballs. In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat two tablespoons oil over medium heat until the oil is rippling and hot. Add the meatballs to the hot skillet and brown on all sides, turning with a pair of tongs. The meatballs don't need to be completely cooked through, just equally browned on all sides.

When the meatballs have browned, pour the sauce ingredients over the meatballs and gently turn the meatballs to coat them in the sauce. Heat the sauce until just simmering and add the cornstarch/water mixture, carefully mixing so as not to break apart the meatballs as you combine the cornstarch mixture with the teriyaki sauce. Simmer the meatballs and sauce over medium heat, maintaining a constant simmer but not cooking at too high of a boil, until the meatballs are cooked through and the sauce is thick and smooth (if the sauce becomes overly thick, add a tablespoon of water at a time to thin), about 10-15 minutes, turning the meatballs every two or three minutes to ensure even cooking. Serve over rice or couscous.


Callie said...

I made this for dinner tonight! I had been wanting to try it since you posted the recipe. It was sooo yummy. Keep the yummy recipes coming! I discovered 3 things while making this:

1. I desperately need new cheap plastic ones didn't work so well.

2. I really do enjoy to cook.

3. My hat goes off to you for cooking so many elaborate meals with two small children in the house! Kaden "helped" and Gracen screamed the whole time! How do you do it?

chrisse said...

Yum! I made this for dinner tonight, but used ground turkey instead of beef. My hubby made some kind of "I can't believe it's not beef" joke, and we both really enjoyed it. Thanks for posting!

Jaime said...

Loved these! I am a bit lazy so I got premade meatballs from Trader Joes.


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