Asian Sesame Party Meatballs
1 lb (450 g) lean ground pork
1 lb (450 g) lean ground beef
1⁄2 cup (20 g) panko bread crumbs
1⁄3 cup (66 g) grated onion
2 tsp (10 ml) toasted sesame oil
1 heaping tsp finely grated ginger root
1 tsp minced garlic
1⁄2 tsp salt
1⁄2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1⁄2 cup (120 ml) hoisin sauce
1⁄2 cup (120 ml) light soy sauce
1⁄2 cup (120 ml) ketchup
1⁄3 cup (75 g) brown sugar
1⁄4 cup (60 ml) dry sherry
2 tsp (10 g) finely grated ginger root
2 tsp (10 ml) sriracha, or to taste 1 tsp minced garlic
2 tbsp (30 g) sesame seeds
2 green onions, thinly sliced
Reprinted with permission from Foolproof Family Slow Cooker by Valerie Brunmeier, Page Street Publishing Co. 2019 Photo credit: Valerie Brunmeier and Jake Brunmeier Author’s Instagram: @fromvalerieskitchen, Publisher: @pagestreetpublishing
Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C). Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil, and coat the foil with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, mix together the pork, beef, eggs, bread crumbs, onion, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, salt and pepper. Shape the mixture into 11⁄2-inch (4-cm) diameter meatballs, and place them on the prepared baking sheet. You should end up with 26 to 28 meatballs. Bake the meatballs for 15 to 18 minutes, until lightly browned. They don’t need to be completely cooked through at this point.
Meanwhile, coat the insert of a 4-quart (3.8-L) slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Combine the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, sherry, ginger, sriracha and garlic in a small mixing bowl. Set aside the mixture.
Add the browned meatballs to the prepared slow cooker and pour the sauce over the top. Lightly toss the meatballs with a spoon to coat them with the sauce. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours, until the meatballs are cooked through and the sauce is bubbly.
Garnish with the sesame seeds and green onions and serve directly from the slow cooker, or transfer the meatballs to a platter to garnish and serve.
Note: The sauce has just a touch of heat if you use the amount of sriracha indicated. Use less for a milder result, or more