Asian-inspired Mini-Meatballs Recipe

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A perfect appetizer, great hot or cold, and can be easily made the day before the party in a large crock pot. All you’ll need is toothpicks and tiny plates! I’ve built upon an interesting recipe I found for meatballs with a teriyaki sauce and the inclusion of, yes, dried cranberries.

This was so tasty when I first made my version, the kitchen just ate ‘em. Now its a go-to for a party appetizer. So I’m sharing with you.

As always - it is important to have all your mise en place before you begin.

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Servings: 10-12


Cost per serving $2.38 view details


  1. For the meatballs:
  2. Combine the beef and pork well
  3. Combine the egg and Worcestershire sauce with the meats
  4. Combine the panko , masa, salt and pepper with the meat mixture
  5. Form 1” to 1¼ “ balls (this is an appetizer, not a main dish) by rolling the meat mixture quickly in the palms of your hands. Compression is good. You’re going to cook them in batches.
  6. Heat the oil in a large skillet and brown the first batch over medium heat, shaking the skillet to roll the meatballs and lightly brown them evenly, then transfer to a 3-qt crock pot. While they brown, make a second batch, and repeat until all meatballs are browned and in the crock pot.
  7. For the Sauce:
  8. Combine all the sauce ingredients in a sauce pan and heat thoroughly until slightly thickened
  9. Cook:
  10. Pour the sauce over the meatballs and make sure all are coated
  11. Turn the temperature to High and set the timer for 1 hour
  12. Options:
  13. You can move the finished appetizers to a serving dish prior to garnishing or garnish in the crock pot and turn it to low to keep the dish warm. These are also excellent as a cold appetizer, believe it or not.
  14. Garnish:
  15. Sprinkle the green onions and cranberries over the now-cooked meatballs and well-thickened sauce. Finish with the sprinkling of the toasted sesame seeds.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 301g
Recipe makes 10 servings
Calories 625  
Calories from Fat 317 51%
Total Fat 35.24g 44%
Saturated Fat 12.52g 50%
Trans Fat 1.28g  
Cholesterol 149mg 50%
Sodium 1727mg 72%
Potassium 678mg 19%
Total Carbs 37.68g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1.8g 6%
Sugars 28.5g 19%
Protein 37.41g 60%
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  • MT C
    Looks good for New Years!

    MT C
    1 reply
    • Amos Miller
      December 19, 2014
      I'll guarantee it, if you follow this recipe. I've tried it with fine bread crumbs, more of them & more masa - not as good. I'm happy with this. You can prepare this the day before and reheat it in the oven and it is delicious. It thickens substantially by the end of an hour in a crock pot on High. Let me know how it goes for you & your guests. Best regards!


    • ShaleeDP
      August 12, 2015
      Ah yes, i have my own recipe for meatballs. The kids love 'em!
      • A.L. Wiebe
        December 19, 2014
        Oh yeah, Baby!!
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        • Amos Miller
          December 19, 2014
          A.L. - I can always count on you for a perfect summation of a recipe. I will be serving this dish on the Christmas menu this year as part of the appetizer selection. I'll post the photos next week. Try to tune in. And have a wonderful Christmas / Chanuka / New Year & 2015!
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          • A.L. Wiebe
            December 19, 2014
            I too will be serving this, but for New Year's Eve. Well, that's my plan, but by the time I test some (for quality control, of course) there may not be enough left for our guests.
            Thankyou for the Christmas and New Years wishes. I hope that your Christmas and 2015 are equally wonderful. Cheers!

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