I like to make meatballs and have them on hand in the freezer. It’s so convenient to have them waiting for a busy night when I need to get dinner done fast. Having the meatballs baked and ready to go makes getting dinner on the table a snap. Since I have so many meatballs in the freezer, I’ve been trying to come up with a few new recipes to use them in. This one I created, is a keeper, our whole family loved it.
Yummy Tangy Hoisin Meatballs
My family loves hoisin sauce. We put it on our spring rolls, in our stir fry, and now on these meatballs. I was a little apprehensive about adding this sauce to meatballs, after all, it’s an asian sauce. So, I wasn’t really sure how well it would go with the meatballs I make for the freezer. But they turned out so very good. I mean we didn’t have one leftover at all. I’m so glad I grabbed a few photos before we ate dinner.
I’ve seen some other recipes that use hoisin sauce on meatballs. Those recipes called for rolling the meatballs in the sauce after baking. I really like the sauce to stick and caramelize on the meat, so I added the sauce to the meatballs before I heated them in the oven.
The sugars caramelized really nicely, this gave them a wonderful great baked in flavor. With just a slight crispness on some of the edges, just how my family likes them.
I served those yummy caramelized meatballs on a nice bed of rice, with a little sauce added too. Then finished out our meal with a nice helping of steamed broccoli. Did you know you can get kids to eat broccoli if you have them mix a bite of these great meatballs with the broccoli? At least it worked with my little one.
I make this meal a quick and easy one by making a big batch of meatballs ahead of time. Then all I have to do is thaw the meatballs, toss them in the sauce and bake. In about 15-25 minutes, when the rice is done cooking, we are ready to eat. Yum!
- 20-25 Precooked Meatballs
- ½ cup Hoisin
- ¼ cup Water
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1 teaspoon Ginger Powder
- 1 tablespoon Rice Vinegar
- If using frozen precooked meatballs, thaw, place in a baking dish and set aside.
- Place the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
- Pour the sauce over the meatballs. Stirring to coat.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 15-25 minutes.
What’s your favorite way to enjoy meatballs? I would love to have some new recipes to give a try. If you have a good one please leave me a comment and let me know how to make them. Thanks!