Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Motown Sweet and Sour Meatballs

If pizza is the number one comfort food in the world then my guess is meatballs are sitting in the number two position. Meatballs are like pizza in many ways. They can be found in different countries around the world and everyone puts a different spin on them…from Swedish meatballs to the classic Italian.

I was looking to make more of an Asian style meatball so I started with a basic meatball recipe and came up with this ginger infused rendition. My sometimes fussy eating kids gobbled them up so I’d say they turned out pretty good!

As for the cooking mood in my kitchen I was movin’ to some ‘70s Motown songs while making the meatballs. The tunes had the soul of the ‘50s and ‘60s but were infused with a disco beat. The Temptations “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” and Eddie Kendricks’ “Keep on Truckin’” are a couple tunes that’ll definitely add some welcome Motown groove to any meatball cooking experience!

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Motown Sweet & Sour Meatballs
1 cup tomato-based chili sauce
1 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
½ cup grape jelly
1 lb (454 g) lean ground beef
¼ cup each dry unseasoned breadcrumbs and minced onions
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp minced fresh ginger
1 egg, beaten
¼ tsp each salt and freshly ground black pepper
Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
½ tbsp oil
In a small bowl, whisk together chili sauce, soy sauce and grape jelly. Set aside.

In a large bowl, using your finger tips, combine beef, breadcrumbs, onions, garlic, ginger, egg, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Form meat mixture into equal sized 1-inch meatballs.

Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add oil. Evenly space meatballs in the skillet. Cook until all sides of the meatballs are well browned. Remove meatballs and drain pan. Reduce heat to low and add chili sauce mixture to pan. Cook and stir until jelly is completely melted.
Return meatballs to pan. Cover and simmer until meatballs are cooked through. Serve over rice or noodles.
Volume: Makes 4 servings

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