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Monday, January 07, 2013

Asian Turkey Meatballs with Coconut Sauce

I'm a big fan of meatballs, but I've never been very successful at making them uniform and round.  Not sure why, but it's always been frustrating.  Until I found this Sensio Bella Meatball Maker, which makes perfectly round and beautiful meatballs every time!

I used the recipe below, which calls for the meatballs to be baked in the oven, and just used the meatball maker instead.  They turned out beautifully!

Asian Turkey Meatballs with Coconut Sauce


For the Meatballs:

  • 1/4 cup low-fat coconut milk
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Hoisin sauce
  • 1 small can water chestnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 slices fresh white bread, crusts removed
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey

For the Sauce:

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon teriyaki sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • steamed rice to serve (optional)


Make the meatballs:

Combine all the meatball ingredients except bread in a large bowl and mix well.

Cut bread into 1" squares, and add to large bowl.  Allow bread to soak up liquids.  During the next 10 minutes, stir this mixture 2 to 3 times.

Shape meatball mixture into balls (makes about 8 large meatballs), place on a baking sheet and bake at 375F for 17-22 minutes, or until meatball centers are 170F-180F.

While the meatballs are baking, make the sauce:

Combine all sauce ingredients, except cornstarch and water, in a small saucepan on medium-high heat.  Whisk until sauce begins to boil.  Simmer for 2-3 minutes.  Mix the cornstarch and water.  Add to sauce and whisk until sauce thickens, another 3-5 minutes.

Pour sauce over meatballs and serve with fluffy steamed rice if you like.

These meatballs were a real hit - and easy to make.  Great, bold flavors, but still fairly light and healthy.  This recipe is a keeper!  And the meatball maker made it super-easy.  Not to mention lovely and perfectly shaped meatballs.  I'm sure my Italian ancestors are turning over in their graves, but even they would admit that these look and taste wonderful.  (Eventually.  Grandfather was pretty stubborn.)

Do you make meatballs?  Do you have a better way to make them well-shaped?  What's your favorite meatball recipe?

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  1. Ah, I thought the meatball maker made the meat into balls for you. Bummer.

  2. Wow, what an interesting device! My meatballs NEVER come out nice and round either!

    Thanks for sharing on Farm Girl Blog Fest #15!

    Kristi@Let This Mind Be in You

  3. Oooh, I bet the flavours in these meatballs is phenomenal! Thank you for linking to Simple Supper Tuesday :o)