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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Baked Teriyaki Meatballs

This weekend was a welcomed break from the hecticness that had been the last few weeks. Saturday was a complete rain-out so it was kind of nice to have the excuse to sit inside and watch TV and pretty much do nothing. I was in the mood for a delicious little snack so I started browsing Foodgawker to get some inspiration. I had some ground turkey leftover from my BBQ Turkey Burgers and I really wanted to use that up. I came across a recipe for a teriyaki meatball that looked amazing! These little guys were so delicious with a ton of flavor from the homemade teriyaki sauce. I also love that their baked. I can never cook a meatball right if I'm trying to cook them in a frying pan. I'll end up with a crispy seared meatball with a raw middle...not appetizing. You could make these even a little smaller and serve them as an appetizer meatball with toothpicks for easy dipping!

Depending on how this weekend goes, I may be treating myself to a much deserved massage. My wonderful hubby got me a gift certificate to a salon/spa here in town so I can pamper myself. Such a perfect gift! He knows I rarely ever want to spend the money on such a self-luxury item so I can indulge guilt free!

-3/4-1 pound  ground turkey or beef
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-2 teaspoons grated ginger
-1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
-1/8 teaspoon cloves
-1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
-1 egg, lightly beaten
-1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons panko breadcrumbs
-1 teaspoon salt
-1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
-1/3 cup rice vinegar
-1/4 cup brown sugar
-1/3 cup water
-1/4 cup soy sauce
-1/4 cup oil
-1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
-dash ginger
-2 cloves garlic, minced

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. 

2. Add all of the ingredients for the meatballs to a large bowl and use your hands or wood spoon to combine until evenly distributed.  Form desired size meatballs and arrange on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until browned and cooked through.

3. To make the sauce: Whisk together all of the sauce ingredients in a small pan and place over medium heat.  Bring to a simmer and cook until the sauce thickens slightly, about 10 minutes.  

4. Brush cooked meatballs generously with the sauce then return to the oven for 5 minutes.  Serve remaining sauce in bowl for dipping.

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