January 31, 2014

Saucy Asian Sesame Meatballs

Hurrayy...The Superbowl weekend is almost there and our family is already getting all amped up. When we watch the great game, the right ambiance, the fan garb and of course the right appetizers are a must. Well, all these factors are actually sort of relative to the person - for instance,  my hubby, needs his large screen, stadium-like sound levels and a lot of beer, but for me it would be the snazzy appetizer, colorful fancy drinks and for my daughter it would be a lot of friends to play with while daddy watches the game with his friends :) . ....And of course, the advertisements and the half-time shows, the debates and cheering just adds more pizzazz!!!!

We heart our meaty hors d'oeuvre especially the wings, ribs and meatballs, so one of these usually always makes the cut, to the table. Recently I realized that I did not have a meatball recipe on the blog and right then I knew what I was going to make for the game this year :) . So here is the star for our Superbowl spread - Saucy Asian Sesame Meatballs. They taste as good as they look and are surprisingly easy to prepare. Why not try these out for your party??

Every year it seems like I keep getting hooked to a new social networking site. This year I think its going to be Instagram but I am still equally addicted to Facebook and Pinterest. Now I worry whether I will have time to manage all these addictions..ohh the problems of life...;)

Yield: 20 meatballs approx

For Meatballs
2 lbs. - Ground Turkey/ Chicken/ Pork/ Beef (any)
2 Cup - Breadcrumbs, or panko breadcrumbs
3/4 Cup - Green onions / Spring Onions / Scallions, thinly sliced
2 - Eggs
1 Tablespoon - Sesame Seed oil
2 Teaspoon - Fresh ginger, grated
2 Teaspoon - Garlic, grated
1 Tablespoon - Sriracha sauce
2 Tablespoon - Soy sauce
1 Teaspoon - Pepper powder
Salt to taste

For Sauce
1/2 Cup - Ketchup
1/8 Cup - Soy sauce
1 Tablespoon - Sriracha sauce
1 Tablespoon - Sesame Seed oil
1 Tablespoon - Honey
To Garnish: Toasted sesame seeds & sliced scallions

  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray it with oil
  • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs.
  • Mix in sesame oil, ginger, garlic, sriracha sauce , soy sauce, pepper and salt 
  • Add the ground meat, bread crumbs and green onions and mix. Do not over mix.
  • Shape into balls about 1 inch in diameter
  • Place on a greased baking sheet and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until there is no pink on the inside.
  • While the meatballs are baking, take a large heavy bottom pan and add all the ingredients mentioned under the sauce and whisk. 
  • Once the meatballs are ready, add them to the sauce
  • Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and sliced scallions/green onions - Enjoy!!!
Notes and Tips
  • These meatballs freeze very well. So it be included under the make ahead appetizer list.
  • Do not over mix the meat, it will make the meatballs tough.
  • You can make them with lean ground turkey to make them low fat
  • Toasting the sesame seeds enhances their flavor. Just toast them on a pan until golden brown. It take less than 5 minutes
  • If you don't have Sriracha sauce, you can substitute it with any chilli sauce


  1. Love the photographs! the meatballs look mouthwatering!

  2. Yummy yum. Thats looking awesome. Saucy and meaty!

  3. Oooo... the meatball looks so tempting.Love the last pic on weathered wood.

  4. Mouthwatering meat balls. lovely. Inviting clicks.

  5. Love that you added fresh ginger and garlic to these meatballs - they ae making me drool all over my keyboard!

  6. Wow Shema! they look super delicious... I wish I could just crab that plate off the screen. Toooo tempting!!

  7. such mouthwatering photographs... the meet balls look oh so tempting...

  8. I kind of avoid doing meat balls, since i'm always in the assumptions that they are deep fried, as hot oil scares me to death, now that it baked i will give it a go! It looks far too delicious to be ignored!

  9. They look delectable!!! Baked meatball was one among those recipes I wanted to try for sometime, but kept ignoring it. Now you have tempted me to try it Shema. Made something similar for Superbowl, not meatballs though...will share soon :)

  10. Looks so so good Shema...I'm out of words and adjectives ;-)

  11. ohh...thatz a lovely plate of meatballs... The pics look as if I am starring into the PF changs menu while my stomach is growling out of hunger.. love it... but u know what...u just left me hungry :(

  12. I love the sauce, from looking at the recipe, I can tell how delicious this sauce is over the meatballs! DEFINITELY going to try this. Great dish for kids bento too. :)

  13. So mouthwatering!! I love asian meatballs doused in sweet and sour sauce :)

  14. These are insanely beautiful and appetizing!!! Although it is not an easy subject to photograph, you rocked, Shema!!!

  15. Your pictures are great. I keep on looking at it. They are apple to the eye.


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