Asian spiced quinoa meatballs with orange sauce are packed with bold flavors! They are great served over rice with vegetables or simply as an appetizer.
- 1 pound lean ground beef (92% lean meat was used)
- 1 cup cooked red quinoa
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon thinly sliced chives, more for garnish
- 1 teaspoon minced ginger
- ½ teaspoon minced Serrano pepper, stemmed and seeded, save some slices for garnish
- ⅛ teaspoon Chinese five spice
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon Sriracha, or hot chili sauce
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs
- 1 large egg
- Cilantro leaves, for garnish
- Sesame seeds, for garnish
- ½ cup orange juice
- 4 teaspoons grated orange zest
- ½ cup soy sauce
- 1 ½ cup water
- 2 teaspoons minced ginger
- ¼ cup dark brown sugar, packed
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- 2 teaspoons Sriracha, or hot chili sauce, more if you like it spicy
- 4 teaspoons cornstarch plus 4 teaspoons water
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Cover a baking sheet with foil, lightly coat with nonstick spray or vegetable oil.
- In a large bowl combine all meatball ingredients. Roll mixture into 2-inch meatballs, about 12 large meatballs. Transfer to the greased baking sheet, spreading them out equally on the pan. Bake in the center of the oven for 15 minutes, then flip each meatball and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes. The sides should be lightly browned and cooked all the way through.
- In a medium sized pan with a lid, add all sauce ingredients to the pan except for the cornstarch and water mixture. Set heat to medium-high, whisk the ingredients together and allow it to come to just a boil.
- Mix together the cornstarch and 4 teaspoons of water in a small bowl. Add to the sauce and whisk continuously until the sauce is thickened and there are no lumps, about 2 to 4 minutes.
- Add the meatballs to the sauce to rewarm, covered for 3 minutes over medium-low heat.
- Garnish meatballs with chives and sesame seeds. Serve warm as an appetizer or with vegetables and brown rice as an entrée. Enjoy!
The post Asian Spiced Quinoa Meatballs with Orange Sauce appeared first on Jessica Gavin.