Asian-inspired turkey meatballs with a hoisin-based, sweet-and-salty dipping sauce
#100daysofcooking, Recipes

On Day 16, saucy balls to bring in a new year


Asian Turkey Meatballs with Sweet and Spicy Dipping Sauce


The bottle of hoisin sauce in the refrigerator has lasted through a Horse, a Sheep and a Monkey. With the Year of the Rooster upon us, we cracked it open again to jazz up some turkey balls.

As you contemplate that, ask yourself: Do chickens have fingers?

But I digress.

An article in the Edmonton Journal inspired today's $#100daysofcooking challenge, to use hoisin sauce
An article in the Edmonton Journal inspired today’s challenge.

Jan. 28 is the first day of the Lunar New Year, which this year is theYear of the Rooster. The celebrations — which mark the coming of spring — begin on Lunar New Year’s Eve and last for about two weeks. Traditional New Year’s Eve feasts include dishes which symbolize wishes for prosperity, health and luck.

As luck would have it, the Edmonton Journal ran a feature (with recipes from the Atco Blue Flame Kitchen) on Asian-inspired dishes for Lunar New Year. Even luckier, the ingredient lists included hoisin, a thick, dark, sweet-and-salty sauce which is common in Chinese cuisine.

But not so common in mine.

As it turns out, today’s recipe for ground turkey meatballs with sweet and spicy dipping sauce didn’t put much of a dent in my hoisin supply — just one tablespoon, in fact — so the bottle is sure to get another shake before the Lunar New Year celebrations are over.

Kitchen Castoff used

Hoisin sauce

This is how we did it

Asian-inspired turkey meatballs with a hoisin-based, sweet-and-salty dipping sauce
Asian-inspired turkey meatballs with a hoisin-based dipping sauce

Turkey Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup red pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup canned water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion (or shallots)
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp grated lime peel
  • 2 tsp finely chopped seeded jalapeno pepper
  • 2 gloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb ground turkey

Method

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper, place rack on top.

In a mini chopper, process the red pepper, water chestnuts, onion, soy sauce, cilantro, ginger, jalapeño, lime peel and garlic until finely chopped.

In a bowl, combine the turkey and the chopped ingredients. Form into balls (about the size of golf balls) and bake for 50 – 55 minutes.

Sweet and Spicy Dipping Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 tsp finely chopped seeded jalapeno pepper
  • 1 tsp Louisiana-style hot sauce
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp cold water

Method

Combine everything except the cornstarch and water in a small saucepan and heat slowly to a boil, stirring often.

In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water until smooth. Add to the soy sauce mixture, return to a boil whisking often. Reduce heat and simmer, while whisking, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until thickened. Serve warm or cold.


Wondering what the “Kitchen Castoff” reference is all about? Here’s the explainer describing my 100 day project

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