Mrs. Regueiro's Plate: Sticky & Sweet Asian Meatballs

Friday, May 3, 2013

Sticky & Sweet Asian Meatballs

Happy Friday!

I know it's been forever since I have updated my neglected food blog. It has been a few hectic weeks and I'm finally getting caught up here. We recently celebrated Elena's 1st year birthday and baptism, and I plan on sharing some of my favorite birthday pictures next week. And more importantly, cupcake hasn't made an appearance just yet, we have 10 more days to go until my scheduled c-section on May 13....unless cupcake decides otherwise. I'm almost near the end of my second pregnancy and finally ready for cupcake to join our growing family.

Then I had the worst luck of them all and my computer crashed and I lost some precious photos from the past year and other files on my computer. Some stupid Windows update had malfunctioned or something, and my computer refused to cooperate. I usually back-up my data on my external hard-drive and it was on my agenda of things to do this past week but I never got to it. It was a tough lesson learned and I can't stop kicking myself in the butt for it either. Thankfully, Eric and I have been able to recover many of the lost photos but it's taken all of this week to configure everything back onto my computer. It's been very time-consuming and this time around I'm making sure that I back up everything.

This delicious meal has been in the back burner for me to post and I have to thank Jessica a million times for creating this recipe. With the end of my third trimester, cooking and preparing dinner has been a daunting task while taking care of Elena. This Asian-inspired meal is easy to prepare during the week, and only takes 30 minutes or less to prepare the entire meal. The sticky and sweet Asian meatballs taste similar to sweet and spicy teriyaki with a little bit of a kick. If you want to increase the heat on this dish, add a dab of Sriracha to the sauce for that extra heat.

Sticky & Sweet Asian Meatballs
Adapted from Sunny Side Up
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Yield: 24 to 28 meatballs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce
  • 3 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup & 1 tablespoon finely diced green onions, including whites
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg, lightly whisked
  • 1/4 cup mushrooms, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoon sweet chili sauce
  • sesame seeds, garnish
  • Cooking spray
Cooking Directions
  1. In a small saucepan, whisk together the first group of ingredients (starting at water and ending at grated ginger) over medium-high heat. Bring to a slow boil and then reduce to a simmer until sauce has reduced by half and slightly thickened.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and spray a large jelly roll pan (11x13) with cooking spray or Misto.
  3. While the sauce is thickening, combine the second group of ingredients (make sure to reserve 1 tablespoon of green onions) in a medium bowl. Lightly form and shape into 2-inch meatballs using your fingers or a small to medium sized ice cream scooper.
  4. Place the prepared meatballs on the jelly roll pan and bake for 15 minutes, and remove coat the meatballs in the sauce using a brush. Bake for an additional 7 to 8 minutes, making sure that the meatball is fully cooked, and no longer pink.
  5. Serve immediately over steamed white rice with desired vegetables and garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onions on top.
Review: One of our new favorite ways to enjoy ground turkey, and it's so easy to prepare and makes plenty. So that's a double winner in my book, and you can always freeze the extras for another day...which will come in handy in the coming weeks when I'm not cooking as much in the kitchen.

P.S. I couldn't resist and had to share my favorite photo of the week of my sweet Elena. I made her a rainbow tutu and strawberry cake for her 1 year smash cake birthday photo shoot. How in the world did my baby turn 1? I'm still in mommy denial, but it's been one amazing year. I promise you will see more fun birthday pictures and some from this photo shoot next week...unless cupcake decides to evict himself! 
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