Asian Meatballs with Sesame Lime Dipping Sauce
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This recipe is adapted from Gourmet Magazine. The dipping sauce is very flavorful. You might want to go lighter on the lime juice if serving timid taste buds.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 4 servings
  • ¼ cup unsweetened dairy-free milk beverage
  • ¼ cup dairy-free panko-style breadcrumbs (gluten-free, if needed)
  • ¾ pound ground pork + ¾ pound ground veal OR 1½ pounds ground turkey
  • ½ cup canned water chestnuts, drained, rinsed, and finely chopped
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro + ¼ cup cilantro sprigs, divided
  • 1 tablespoon + ¼ cup soy sauce or gluten-free tamari, divided
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten (see egg-free note above)
  • 4 teaspoons sesame oil, divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 cups cooked white or brown rice, for serving as a meal (optional)
  • 4 to 6 cups green salad, for serving as a meal (optional)
  1. Position an oven rack in the center of your oven, and preheat the oven to 500°F. Grease a 9x13-inch glass baking dish.
  2. Put the bread crumbs in a large bowl, add the milk beverage, and stir until the liquid is absorbed. Add the ground meat, water chestnuts, ½ cup chopped cilantro, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, egg, and 2 teaspoons sesame oil. Mix the ingredients with your hands until well combined.
  3. Shape 3 tablespoons of the meat mixture into a ball and place it in the prepared baking dish. (I used a 1½-inch scoop for this step.) Repeat with the remaining mixture, placing the meatballs about ½-inch apart in the baking dish.
  4. Baker for 15 minutes, or until cooked through.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining ¼ cup soy sauce, lime juice, water, remaining 2 teaspoons sesame oil, and sugar until the sugar is dissolved.
  6. Transfer the meatballs to a serving dish. Drizzle the meatballs with 1 tablespoon of the sauce and sprinkle with the ¼ cup cilantro sprigs.
  7. Serve the meatballs with the remaining sauce, rice, and side salad, if desired.
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