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Sweet-Spicy Asian Meatballs

I love the sweet and spicy flavors of Chinese food and decided to try to incorporate them into a meatball. The subtle tastes of the meatball blend well with the spicy Sriracha and sweet chili sauce. The garam masala adds a hint of coriander, black pepper and cinnamon for a unique and fun flavor. —Darlene Buerger, Peoria, Arizona
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh gingerroot
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 3/4 cup vegetable broth, divided
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon sweet chili sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha chili sauce or 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh pineapple
  • 1 teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 4 cups hot cooked rice


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine bread crumbs, egg, garlic and pepper flakes. Add sausage; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  • Place meatballs on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake 20-25 minutes or until no longer pink.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, pepper, ginger and garam masala; cook and stir 6-8 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in 1/2 cup broth, coconut milk and chili sauces; bring to a boil.
  • In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and remaining broth until smooth; stir into sauce mixture. Return to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in meatballs, pineapple and soy sauce; heat through. Serve with rice.

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  • J Rod
    Jan 24, 2018

    This turned out amazing. It was too spicy for my mother, who hesitates using black pepper. The photo does not represent the dish. There is a delicious brown sauce that is not shown, it would probably be hard to get a pinnable picture as served. I had 12 meatballs that taste like sweet Italian sausage; The majority of flavor comes from the sauce.

  • rebelwithoutaclue
    Jan 18, 2018

    Family agree, they want their Italian or Swedish meatballs next time. Sorry, this one did not make the cut. The taste was just not satisfying enough to try again.

  • Franks Kitchen
    Jan 18, 2018

    Gapaneses typo not to be a jerk but needed to point it out. Japanese