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chinese spicy orange beef meatballs

Recipe by
Tanya B.
Brooklyn, NY

This is an easy recipe to make with any type of ground meet you have available.

yield 5 serving(s)
prep time 1 Hr
cook time 50 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For chinese spicy orange beef meatballs

  • 1 lb
    ground beef (80/20)
  • 1/2 lb
    ground turkey
  • 1
    orange (zest & juice)
  • 1/3 c
    green onion, diced
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground ginger
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1/4 c
    soy sauce (or bragg's liquid aminos)
  • 1/4 c
    dry sherry
  • 1 tsp
    crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 c
    orange marmalade (low-sugar or sugar-free)
  • 1/4 c
    italian breadcrumbs, fine

How To Make chinese spicy orange beef meatballs

  • 1
    In a small sauce pan, combine ground ginger, cornstarch, soy sauce, (or Bragg's Liquid Aminos), dry sherry, crushed red pepper flakes, and orange marmalade.
  • 2
    Ensure all ingredients are combined and allow the mixture to come to simmer for about 5 minutes. Do NOT boil!
  • 3
    Once the mixture has simmered for 5 minutes, remove from heat and allow to cool. This takes about 1 hour. *TIP: You can pour the mixture in a bowl and place it in the freezer for 20-25 minutes to speed up the cooling process.
  • 4
    In a large mixing bowl, add ground meat, zest & juice of one orange, green onions, breadcrumbs and minced garlic. *TIP: Allow ground meat to come to room temperature before handling.
  • 5
    Pour 1/2 of the room temperature marmalade mixture into the ground meat mixture and gently combine. Set aside the other 1/2 of the sauce for serving.
  • 6
    Tightly cover (with cling wrap) and allow to marinate at least 2 hours up to 24 hours.
  • 7
    Preheat over to 375 degrees & line a baking sheet with foil. Spray foil with non-stick spray.
  • 8
    At room temperature, form a golf ball size amount of meat into balls. The mixture will be slightly sticky
  • 9
    Once each meatball is formed, place on the lined baking sheet with space between each one.
  • 10
    Bake meatballs st 375 degrees for 22 minutes. Then bake at 325 degrees for 22 minutes.
  • 11
    Once baking is completed, immediately remove baking sheet from oven and place the meatballs into an over-safe container with a lid. Pour the remainder of the marmalade mixture over the cooked meatballs along with 1 Tbsp. Sriracha sauce and cover.
  • 12
    Allow the sauce at least 20 minutes to absorb before serving. A serving is 2 meatballs.

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