Friday, September 23, 2011

Hoisin Glazed Turkey Meatballs

Once again another Asian style recipe, oh how I love thee. These are for simple flavorful meatballs to serve as is or over rice. I served them with a stir fry veggie mix also. Now these call for ground turkey, I used ground turkey (dark meat) which is a softer texture than the ground turkey breast. Mr. and I both agreed that either ground turkey breast or even ground beef (or chicken) would be better for these as they were really soft. But the flavor of these was really great. I made these up earlier in the morning so the flavors would really come through the turkey.

Hoisin-Glazed Turkey Meatballs
from healthy seasonal recipes

2 tablespoons reduced-sodium Soy Sauce
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
2 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger root
1 teaspoon Sambal Oelek sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 scallions, minced plus sliced scallion greens for garnish, divided
1/2 cup finely drained, chopped water chestnuts
1 pound lean ground turkey (you could also use beef)
1/4 cup Hoisin Sauce (below)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
black and/or white sesame seeds, for garnish

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Whisk soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, sambal and sugar in a large bowl. Whisk in cornstarch until smooth. Stir in 2 minced scallions and water chestnuts. Stir in turkey until completely combined.
Drop turkey mixture by rounded tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheet, gently re-shaping into ball shapes if necessary. Lightly coat the balls with cooking spray and transfer to the oven. Bake until the meat is cooked through, 15 to 17 minutes.
Stir Hoisin sauce, cilantro and lime juice in a large bowl. Add the cooked meatballs and gently stir to coat. Sprinkle with the remaining sliced scallions and sesame seeds and serve hot.

Hoisin Sauce
adapted from

4 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon peanut butter
1/2 tablespoon black bean paste
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1/4 tsp Sambal Oelek
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until it emulsifies. Use as directed in recipe.

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