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Meatball Beef & Broccoli.

When I decided to share a different meatball recipe for the month of March I needed to enlist my loved ones for some recipe inspiration.

For Nick, we would transform his favorite Beef & Broccoli in a meatball meal.

The results were out of this world!

You know that sweet, salty, slightly spicy sauce that IS Beef & Broccoli, I incorporated that inside our meatballs and then gave them a quick stir-fry in it to glaze them before serving.

Our sauce combined coconut aminos (or soy sauce), honey, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, chili crisp oil, and black pepper.

The meatballs consisted of ground beef, Panko breadcrumbs, an egg, sliced scallion, and 1/4 cup of our stir-fry sauce. I baked them at 400 degrees F. for 10 minutes before giving them a swirl in the wok with the remaining sauce.

These meatballs are stop-you-in-your-grazing-tracks good!

Without question they are the star of Meatball Beef & Broccoli, however they are now going straight to the top of any appetizer or game-day spread we put out.

The only thing I’d change is to double (or triple) the recipe.

These went way too fast!

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All my best,
xo Libby

Meatball Beef & Broccoli over white rice with a sticky sweet spicy sauce.

Meatball Beef & Broccoli

Libby with Lemony Thyme
Without question they are the star of Meatball Beef & Broccoli, however they are now going straight to the top of any appetizer or game-day spread we put out. The only thing I'd change is to double (or triple) the recipe.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Entree or Appetizer
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

For the Stir Fry Sauce

  • 3/4 cup coconut aminos or low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger finely grated
  • 2 teaspoon chili crisp oil or sriracha sauce recipe link in post
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

For the Meatballs

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs (Gluten Free Panko for GF version)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 scallion thinly sliced, about 1/2 cup
  • 1/4 cup Stir Fry Sauce (above)

To Serve

  • 2-3 cups broccoli florets blanched
  • 1 cup rice prepared according to package
  • 1 Tablespoon high heat oil such as avocado or sesame
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 scallion thinly sliced

Instructions
 

For the Stir Fry Sauce

  • Combine all the sauce ingredients in a bowl. Reserve.

For the Meatballs

  • Preheat oven to 400° F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. In a bowl combine panko breadcrumbs, egg, scallion, and 1/4 cup of prepared Stir Fry Sauce. Add ground beef and mix gently until combined. Form into 1 1/2" meatballs (about 20) and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes.

To Serve

  • While meatballs are in oven, bring a pot of water to a boil. Blanch broccoli for 2 minutes. Drain and reserve. Prepare Rice according to package instructions.
  • In a wok or heavy skillet, heat 1 Tablespoon of high heat oil. Add meatballs and remaining stir fry sauce. Cook for 3-4 minutes until meatballs are cooked through and sauce is slightly thickened.
  • Serve in bowls with rice, broccoli, and meatballs. Garnish with sesame seeds and scallions.