As a young girl, Asian flavors were very foreign to my taste buds. My parents were never big fans of Asian flavors. Combined with the fact that there was only one Chinese restaurant in my town, I had very few opportunities to be exposed to this type of food. When I left home for college, I started tasting different Asian foods and I fell in love. Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Thai - I still cannot get enough. Now that I cook for myself, I am inspired by Asian flavors in my own kitchen. I present to you my version of meatballs with Asian-inspired ingredients. Enjoy! —A Couple Bites
minced garlic (about 1 large clove)
tamari (or soy sauce)
fresh ground black pepper (or to taste)
Place first four ingredients (ginger through pepper) in a large bowl. Whisk to combine. Add green onions and stir. Taste and add more pepper if needed.
Add ground beef to tamari mixture and mix with hands until well combined. Form six round meatballs (a little bigger than golf balls). Set aside.
Combine all teriyaki glaze ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and boil for five minutes to reduce. Remove from heat and set aside.
Meanwhile, heat a 12 inch skillet over medium high heat. Add olive oil to pan and coat pan evenly. Once oil is hot, add meatballs to pan. Cook for 5 minutes (until browned) and turn over. Cook another 5 minutes. Brush meatballs with half of teriyaki glaze.
Plate meatballs (2 per serving) and drizzle with remaining glaze. Serve with white rice.