Saucy Asian Meatballs

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My family really likes meatballs & because we generally have a good supply of ground game that I need to use up, I don't mind making them.  However, sometimes I just want something a little different than the traditional Italian meatball in red sauce, so I created these sweet & tender little guys to change things up a little.  

These Saucy Asian Meatballs have all the flavor in the meat you would expect from an authentic Asian dish & the sauce is slightly sweet with a hint of orange essence.  The green onions & sesame seeds add just the right amount of nutty savory flavor to round this dish out perfectly.

Saucy Asian Meatballs

{makes about 20 meatballs}


for the meatballs:

2 pounds lean ground beef or ground wild game

1 cup almond flour

2 eggs, slightly beaten

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons each: cilantro & green onion -                   both finely chopped

1 teaspoon sesame oil, plus a little bit to grease         baking dish

2 teaspoons garam masala

1-1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

for the sauce:

2/3 cup coconut aminos

2/3 cup tomato sauce

1/4 cup orange juice

3 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons each: tomato paste, fish sauce, arrowroot flour & finely chopped green onion

4 teaspoons sesame oil

zest of one orange

optional garnish: sesame seeds, green onions


preheat the oven to 400º

place all the ingredients for the meatballs in a large bowl or stand mixer.  mix together using hands or use the meat attachment on your stand mixer until blended well

form into balls that are about 1-1/2" round & place in a large greased {10x13} glass baking dish.  place in the oven for 15 minutes 

while the meatballs are in the oven, zest the orange* into a medium size mixing bowl, then juice the orange.  whisk 1/4 cup of the orange juice with 2 tablespoons of arrowroot flour in a small bowl & set aside for 5 minutes

in the medium size mixing bowl with the orange zest add in the tomato paste, tomato sauce, coconut aminos, fish sauce, honey, sesame oil & finely chopped green onion.  then add in the orange juice mixture & whisk all of these together

at the end of the 15 minutes of the meatballs time in the oven, pour the sauce evenly over all the meatballs & bake an additional 5 minutes

let rest on counter 5 minutes before serving

these are great to serve alone, with cauli-rice or stick some toothpicks in them to serve as hors d'oeuvres at a party.



* be sure to zest your orange before you juice it to make this process much easier!  

Love, Cara