Korean Barbecue-Style Meatballs
These meatballs, inspired by traditional Korean barbecue, bring the savory-sweet flavors of caramelized meat without the need for a grill. As the meatballs bake, the soy sauce marries the garlic and scallions to create a glaze. This meatball mixture can be made ahead and left to marinate in the fridge for 3 hours or even overnight. Use ground beef that is 85 percent lean meat, 15 percent fat, or 80 percent lean and 20 percent fat for juicier meatballs. The Ritz crackers here make for a more tender meatball, but feel free to substitute plain dry bread crumbs. The meatballs are tasty on their own, but for a simple dipping sauce, combine 2 tablespoons soy sauce and 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar. Serve over steamed rice with kimchi, or as a sandwich with mayonnaise or marinara sauce.
- Serves: 4 persons
- ½cup chopped scallions
- 2tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 2tablespoons minced garlic
- 1teaspoon kosher salt
- 1teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ½cup finely crushed Ritz crackers (12 crackers)
- 1pound ground beef (round or chuck)
Step 1Heat oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients and use your hands to gently mix.
Step 2Shape the meat into 12 golf-ball-size rounds (about 2 inches in diameter), and arrange on a greased rimmed baking sheet.
Step 3Bake until golden and cooked through, about 15 minutes. Serve warm.