Sweet and Spicy Mini Meatballs Recipe
Yields: serves many
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 30 min
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef (hamburger)
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs*
2 tablespoons red chile flakes
1/8 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
6 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup honey
14 cup soy sauce
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
Cooked Rice (optional - see below)
Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Grease a large baking sheet.
In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, chile flakes, and salt.
To make uniform meatballs, pat out the entire meat mixture into a rectangular shape and score the mixture into equal squares of the size desired for the meatballs. Roll each of these “squares” into a ball and place onto the prepared baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until there is no pink in the center of the meatballs.
While the meatballs are baking, start the tomato sauce. In a large saucepan over medium heat, heat the butter and olive oil. Add the minced garlic and sauté until the garlic becomes translucent. Stir in the honey, soy sauce, and tomato sauce; mixing well. Bring just to a low boil and then lower the heat to simmer. When the meatballs are cooked, remove from oven, and then from the baking sheet. Add the cooked meatballs to the sauce mixture; gently stir to coat the meatballs well. Allow the meatballs to simmer over low heat for approximately 15 minutes.
You are now ready to serve these delicious meatballs! You have a choice to serve over the rice or to use an appetizer:
To serve over rice: In a medium saucepan, bring two (2) cups of water, 1 cup of rice, and 1/8 teaspoon of salt just to a boil; then turn heat to low and cover. Let simmer approximately 20 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. Serve the meatballs and sauce over the rice.
Appetizer: Serve the mini meatballs with serving picks as an appetizer.