Asian Meatballs

Jul 2, 2013

shiitake-mushroomsThis recipe is contributed by Monica Ford of Real Food Devotee, about whom we will have a full article with comments on her homemade products next week: highly recommended!

One of my yummy snacks is lovely Asian meatballs. They are an easy finger food, go great with a dipping sauce, and are perfect when added to broth for a quick soup.

1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic
¼ cup finely diced white onion
2 tablespoons finely diced or grated ginger
3 tablespoons finely diced dill
½ pound forage-fed ground pork OR pasture-raised turkey (if you don’t do pork)
½ pound grass-fed beef
2 pasture-raised eggs
½ teaspoon unrefined sea salt
½ teaspoon organic white pepper
1 cup fresh shitake mushrooms, chopped OR ¼ cup dried mushrooms, rehydrated and chopped
Ground liver—substitute for ¼ pound of ground meat or however much you’re brave enough to add (optional)

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If you find your shitake mushrooms fresh, just dice away. If you can only find them dry, which is more common, plan ahead. Rinse the mushrooms thoroughly. Discard the rinsing water and cover the mushrooms with fresh water to soak for approximately 30 minutes before dicing.

Dice or set your food processor to shred/grate and process the garlic, onion, and ginger. Mince dill and white onion. In one bowl, add sesame oil, minced garlic, onion, ginger, dill, chives, and ground beef and pork.

In separate bowl, beat until smooth the eggs, salt, and white pepper. Add egg to meat mixture and thoroughly combine with hands. Don’t be shy!

Now that you’ve combined these ingredients, roll this aromatic mixture into meatballs and set aside. Aren’t they beautiful?

Photo courtesy of Monica Ford

Photo courtesy of Monica Ford

Pop meatballs into muffin tins or on a baking sheet and bake in oven preheated to 375º for approximately 20 minutes, or until the center of the meatball is done.

Freeze or refrigerate for on-the-go nutrient dense snacks or a great addition to soup. The options are deliciously endless.

More meatball recipes by Monica:
Easy Meatballs
Greek Meatballs

Greek Meatballs; photo by Monica Ford

Greek Meatballs; photo by Monica Ford

monica-ford1-145x150Monica Ford of Real Food Devotee is committed to providing “nutrient dense food” to supplement your home cooking. She offers customized individual items and Real Meals delivered to your home, as well as a Personal Real Food Cheffing Service. Products include bone broths, a soup of the week, cultured condiments like kimchee and various krauts, probiotic sodas, tonics, yogurt cream cheese, vanilla yogurt, and desserts.

To learn more, visit and watch for our feature article on Real Foods on Monday, July 8th.



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