Sweet Hoisin Meatballs
These Sweet and Sticky Hoisin Meatballs make a great appetizer for a party. They are totally crave-worthy but are healthy, which is good because you can't eat just one.
Oh hello, you delicious balls of meat. Yes you, all covered in a sweet and sticky sauce that just makes me keep coming back for more. I really want you in my life right now.
I've been wanting to create a meatball recipe that would be both paleo-friendly and gluten-free. Most meatball recipes use breadcrumbs to help bind the meat together so I had to look for an alternative.
The result here is perfect. The meatballs are tender, hold together well, and have tons of flavor.
I've used almond flour in this recipe instead of breadcrumbs and love the result. Unlike coconut flour, which I find gives a sawdust texture to everything it comes in contact with, almond flour behaves a little more like breadcrumbs.
A big bonus is that almond flour, which is really just ground up almonds, adds a subtle tasty flavor to the meatballs.
If you like to eat paleo or try to avoid gluten, then you'll probably already know that most store-bought hoisin sauces do contain wheat. If this is something you strictly avoid, then you can always make your own wheat-free hoisin sauce. There are several recipes on the internet, but I like this one.
I tried out this recipe at an event a month ago and they were a complete hit. They disappeared faster than anything else I put out.
Hope you guys love these as much as I do!
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Sweet Hoisin Meatballs
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- 2 lb ground pork
- 2 lb ground beef
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce, substitute gluten-free or coco aminos
- 3 tablespoons ginger, finely minced
- 6 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup almond flour
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine the ingredients for the meatballs in a large bowl and mix them together well. Roll 36 meatballs and place them on the baking sheet.2 lb ground pork, 2 lb ground beef, 2 tablespoons sesame oil, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 3 tablespoons ginger, 6 cloves garlic, 3 large eggs, 1 cup almond flour
- Bake them in the oven for 15 minutes, or until they have browned and are cooked through.
- While the meatballs are baking, prepare the sauce. Combine the sauce ingredients in a medium-sized pot and bring it to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer the sauce for 2-3 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat.1 cup hoisin sauce, ½ cup apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons ginger, 3 cloves garlic, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- When the meatballs are cooked, remove them from the oven and then put them in the pot with the sauce. Gently stir them around until they are coated well.
- Serve the meatballs topped with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and some sliced green onions.Sesame seeds and green onions