These teriyaki meatballs are such a huge hit at our house, that even when I've made a huge batch of them, hoping to have enough extra to shoot pictures, my guys would eat up most of them in one sitting! The teriyaki sauce I came up with and use for these meatballs has a generous amount of ginger for a great flavor and cuts out a bit of sugar and sodium which usually acts as the main flavoring in most teriyaki sauces. This one surprises you with a bold, but balanced gingery kick.
Gingery Sauce For Teriyaki Meatballs
I think the key to making this sauce extra good without all the added sweetness is to bump up the ginger a bit. The meatballs are loaded with fresh ginger, as is the Ginger Teriyaki Sauce. You still get a subtle sweet undertone, but most of the flavor is from the ginger, green onion, sauce ingredients and good meat. You will also find that you don't need to load on a ton of sauce to enjoy these yummy dinner treats. Just toss them in enough sauce to coat the meatballs and then add a little extra sauce to your dish if you want a little extra for your starch. We love this dish with jasmine rice, udon or lo mein noodles.
I find these meatballs most delicious and complimentary to the Ginger Teriyaki Sauce with local organic ground pork. I tried making these recently with regular store bought ground pork and it was good, but it was honestly missing that extra BAM, plus they were much greasier. A good naturally lean organic and sustainable meat will not only make your food taste better, but it won't shrink and be loaded with extra grease . If you prefer turkey, chicken or beef, I'm sure these would be great made with that meat as well, as long as you still use the teriyaki sauce, do NOT forget that sauce.
Cocktail Party Potential
These would also be great served up for a crowd as a crockpot appetizer. Just prepare them in the oven as instructed below ( I already have the recipe to make these little yummies as cocktail size) and once cooked transfer them to a crockpot, add some of the Ginger Teriyaki Sauce and keep warm at the party. Don't forget to bring some toothpicks and enjoy!