My meatball recipe inspired by Chef John's Mongolian Pork Chops is absolutely delicious. A wonderful recipe for a party. Serve them as an appetizer with toothpicks, and they will disappear before your eyes. They can also make a meal sandwiched in a hero or over a bed of pasta.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
2 hrs 35 mins
total:
3 hrs 5 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Mongolian Sauce:
Meatballs:

Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

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  • Whisk hoisin sauce, 4 cloves garlic, red wine vinegar, soy sauce, grated ginger, rice vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, hot sauce, white pepper, and black pepper together in a large bowl.

  • Mix ground beef, ground lamb, cabbage, yellow onion, panko, carrot, ground ginger, green onion, 6 cloves chopped garlic, garlic salt, black pepper, and 2 tablespoons of the hoisin sauce mixture together in a separate bowl; shape into meatballs and arrange on a jelly roll pan.

  • Bake in preheated oven until no longer pink in the middle, about 25 minutes. Shake pan to turn meatballs, switch oven to Broil, and cook under the broiler until browned, about 10 minutes more. Set aside to cool.

  • Transfer warm meatballs to slow cooker and pour hoisin sauce mixture over the meatballs.

  • Cook on Low, stirring intermittently, for 2 to 4 hours.

Nutrition Facts

181 calories; protein 11.7g 23% DV; carbohydrates 15.6g 5% DV; fat 8.6g 13% DV; cholesterol 36.6mg 12% DV; sodium 518.8mg 21% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (5)

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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2016
I used ground turkey and didn't add sugar and it was still delicious. They are scrumptious even without the sauce. The serving suggestion in the photo would be perfect. I ran out of hoisin sauce so replaced the last bit with water and honey. Hoisin has a lot of salt already so if you're using the sauce in the recipe I don't think I'd bother adding salt to the meatballs. It makes it really salty. Or maybe cut back on the soy sauce. Read More
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6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 3
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Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2016
I used ground turkey and didn't add sugar and it was still delicious. They are scrumptious even without the sauce. The serving suggestion in the photo would be perfect. I ran out of hoisin sauce so replaced the last bit with water and honey. Hoisin has a lot of salt already so if you're using the sauce in the recipe I don't think I'd bother adding salt to the meatballs. It makes it really salty. Or maybe cut back on the soy sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2016
I was skeptical because the recipe didn't call for eggs and I was afraid the meatballs would fall apart but they didn't. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2017
All beef. No cabbage or green onion. Followed recipe exactly but made the sauce on the stove. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/31/2020
Just the right amount of spicy. I baked in the oven at 350 for 15 minutes turning once and never mixed into the sauce. I drizzled the sauce over the whole meal. Per other reviews I reduced the soy sauce in the sauce. Served over cauliflower rice and stir fry veggies. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2017
Very tasty! Served with rice and garlic bok choy. Left out the cabbage and hot sauce. Didn't use lamb - used ground pork instead. I doubled the sauce the second time I made it because the first time there wasn't enough. I didn't broil it - only baked for 25 minutes. I kept it in the slow cooker for about an hour before serving. Read More