Now we come to it. The day when snacks and appetizers take center stage alongside over-hyped commercials and two football teams that I can’t– for the life of me– name. That’s right, Superbowl Sunday is just a few days away! Now my husband will tell you that the ‘Big Game’ on Sunday is actually Liverpool against Manchester City, but then again, he’s a soccer nut. Even so, we’ll be hunkered down on the couch on Sunday night eating a variety of tasty appetizers. If you haven’t planned out your Superbowl menu, I have a few ideas for you. First, take a look at this incredible dip. If you make it once, you’ll make it every year. I promise. And these pickled eggs are the perfect snack for beers with friends. If you make them today, they just might be ready in time for the game. This chili will please a crowd, and so will this one.
But if you’re in the mood for something a little more exotic, give these fantastic Asian-inspired Meatballs a try. I found this recipe on Ali Ebright’s blog, Gimme Some Oven. While you’re waiting for the next commercial break on Sunday night, go on-line and check out her site. It’s lovely. I tweaked this particular recipe to suit my taste.
We generally eat these meatballs as a meal alongside brown rice or quinoa, served with a salad, but they would make a fantastic appetizer, as well! The meatballs are packed with fresh, bright flavors from the garlic, ginger, and scallions. But the real show-stopper is the Asian sauce. It is amazing! It’s slightly sweet, but also has a nice tang to it. Fresh ginger makes everything better, right? Hope you enjoy them as much as we have. And whatever you decide to eat this weekend– have a great time surrounded by fun people.
The Recipe: Asian-Inspired Meatballs
(makes 35-37 small)
For the Meatballs:
2 pounds ground beef or pork
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 heaping tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
2 eggs, lightly beaten
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup breadcrumbs (preferably Panko)
1/2 cup finely chopped scallions (about 3 large)
For the Asian Sauce:
2/3 cup hoisin sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
Garnish with extra sliced scallions, sesame seeds, and sriracha sauce
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a large 12 x 17 baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a large bowl, lightly combine all of the ingredients for the meatballs together using your hands. Be careful not to over mix, as that will lead to tough meatballs. Use a 1 1/2 tablespoon scoop (or you can eyeball it) to form the balls. Place them on the prepared pan and bake for about 17-19 minutes, they will turn a nice golden brown color along the edges when done.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the asian sauce. When the meatballs are done, you can either serve them alongside the sauce as a dip, or you can gently coat the meatballs in the sauce and serve them that way. I like to warm the sauce up beforehand. Serve the meatballs with sliced scallions, sesame seeds, and a bit of sriracha for an extra kick. Enjoy!
Source: Adapted from Ali at Gimme Some Oven
Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you all have a great weekend. xo