Asian Meatballs for #SundaySupper’s First Birthday!

Sunday Supper is celebrating it’s first birthday today. I can’t believe it’s only been a year since the wonderful Isabel of Family Foodie took her brilliant idea of celebrating meals with the family around the dinner table and brought it to life. The first Sunday Supper post only featured a handful of food bloggers who all shared her vision. It’s now grown into a movement larger than life, gaining massive momentum and new contributors all the time. I feel so incredibly honoured to have been a part of this in it’s first year. I’m such a big believer in Sunday Supper. I can’t imagine not gathering with my parents and siblings every Sunday night to share a delicious meal cooked by my mom.

Isabel is right when she says that Sunday Supper “starts off as one day and soon becomes a way of life.” Shameless plug – we’ve recently launched the #WeekdaySupper initiative to reflect that wise mantra. Click here to find out more about this delicious new component of our group.

Sadly, I see so many families now who don’t have dinner together. I know it’s not always possible, what with everyone’s insane schedules, but it seems that it’s becoming the norm, not just the exception. It’s symptomatic of how disconnected so many families are. That’s not how I was brought up. My family made it a priority to have dinner together every night if possible. I’d hang out at the neighbourhood McDonalds every single day after school in high school. I’d gorge on french fries, hot fudge sundaes, and chicken mcnuggets but I’d still trudge home by 5:30 p.m. and literally force down dinner, simply because I knew that it was important to eat together as a family (plus my parents would freaking kill me if I didn’t and if they found out why I wasn’t hungry!). We didn’t watch t.v. during dinner or stare at a plethora of electronic devices that connected us to the world yet separated us from the people sitting but a foot away.

Everyone who contributes to Sunday Supper feels the same way as I do – food is love. To take the time and effort to prepare something from scratch, no matter how simple or extravagant, and to offer it to others is an act of love. Nothing makes me happier than to feed someone something that I’ve made. There’s no way you’d go into a Chinese person’s house and leave without being stuffed with food and offered every beverage option in existence. It just ain’t gonna happen! We have ancient guilt-inducing techniques passed down through the ages to get people to accept what’s being offered, regardless of their hunger level. It’s a special skill.

To celebrate this special occasion, we’re all choosing a dish made by another Sunday Supper contributor from a past Sunday Supper post. This was definitely a challenge – every week I find dozens ‘n dozens of recipes that I can’t wait to make. My mind whirling with the possibilities, I remembered how enamoured I was with the Hoisin Asian Meatballs made by Damn Delicious. Chung Ah is crazy talented in the kitchen and with a camera. The name of her blog couldn’t be more appropriate – her recipes all look and sound damn delicious and having made her meatballs, I can personally attest that they tasted exactly as her blog name promised. Make sure to check out her blog. This girl can do no wrong in the kitchen – her repertoire runs the gamut from healthy dishes like Spicy Tofu Lettuce Wraps, tasty mains like Turkey Chipotle Sloppy Joes, mind-blowing desserts like Gingerbread Whoopie Pies with Lemon Cream Cheese Filling and absolutely decadent recipes like Strawberry Eggnog Baked French Toast. This is just a sampling from the past two months!
Happy birthday, Sunday Supper! I look forward to a lifetime more of delicious meals made with a community of bloggers that I’m proud to call my foodie family. I recently wrote a super depressing, ultra whiny post and instead of the eye rolls and side eyes that I so deserved, I was overwhelmed by all the wonderful messages of support that I received. You guys are the best!
Without further ado, here is my version of Damn Delicious’ damn delicious Hoisin Asian Meatballs. I’m sorry, Chung Ah, my photos don’t do your amazing dish justice. They were all taken at 8pm in terrible evening lighting and I was so hungry, I thought “screw it, I’m eating!”.

Hoisin Asian Meatballs (original post here at Damn Delicious)

For the meatballs:

1 pound ground turkey
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp light soy sauce
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
3/4 cups panko crumbs
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
2 large eggs
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 green onions, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish

For the hoisin sauce:

1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, sesame oil, salt, sugar, soy sauce, Panko, ginger, eggs, garlic and green onion. Using a wooden spoon or clean hands (I went the clean hands route), stir until well combined. Roll the mixture into meatballs about 3 inches in diameter. I made 18 meatballs from the turkey mixture.
Place the meatballs onto your prepared baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until all sides are browned and meatballs are cooked through.
To make the sauce, whisk together the hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, oyster sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic and ginger in a small sauce pan. Cook on medium high heat until the sauce bubbles and thickens, about 5 minutes. Serve the meatballs immediately. I simply drizzled some of the sauce on top of the meatballs and garnished with green onions.
These meatballs were seriously delicious. I often make a turkey burger for our weeknight dinners and this was such a welcome change. The meatballs were super tender, juicy, and the Asian flavours melded perfectly with the mild flavour of turkey. I actually enjoyed eating the meatballs plain but the Husband couldn’t get enough of the tangy sweet hoisin sauce. It was like Asian style ketchup. We ate this the next day for lunch and it tasted just as good.
Check out the rest of the amazing dishes made by the rest of the Sunday Supper team.

Sunday Supper Appetizers:

 Sunday Supper Soups and Breads:

 Sunday Supper Main Dishes: 

Sunday Supper Veggies: 

Sunday Supper Desserts and Snacks: 

 Sunday Supper Breakfast Faves:

Sunday Supper Wine Pairings by ENOFYLZ Wine Blog


New Addition:  Tablescape by An Appealing Plan, Anniversary Dinner featuring Cheesecake with Fresh Berries originally posted by The Messy Baker Blog

Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter each Sunday. We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET and you do not want to miss out on the fun. Follow the#SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

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63 thoughts on “Asian Meatballs for #SundaySupper’s First Birthday!

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  9. I loved everything about this post! I agree that it is a shame that it is less often that families will make an effort to get together for a home cooked meal. These meatballs look fantastic!!

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  16. I love this post and love it that we have an excuse to end our resolutions hahaha…
    Thank you so much for everything this year! It is such a pleasure having you in our group and I can’t tell you how much you have inspired me this past year!

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  24. Add Germans to the list of cultures that can instill the guilt. You don’t go away hungry from a German home either.
    Now this recipe has a double check next to it on my to-cook list. One because it sounds so good and two because it uses ground turkey and I love turkey.

  25. If I had a dollar for every time I failed to take a pic of something and said, “screw it! i’m hungry!” I’d be a very rich woman. These look fantastic and I wish I had a bowl of them in front of me for dinner!

  26. Our family always had dinner together every night too, but it probably helped that I wasn’t much of an extra-curricular activity type haha, I always needed to get home to do my homework! But even now I would never think to bring my phone to the dinner table! Love these meatballs by the way and that you made them turkey -I’d take a turkey meatball over beef any day!

  27. I love Asian flavors, and I’m not kidding when I say I can eat an entire bowl of these Asian meatballs! My family was also big on eating dinner together. Maybe not as strict as yours since I had band, my brother had college, dad was golfing, etc. but we ate together when possible. And we didn’t have cell phones or Facebook or distractions that I have now. We were lucky we even had internet!

  28. I agree – family dinner is very important in my family and I was brought up on that value. On weekends (Sat/ Sun), we went out together from brunch to dinner time. I should make these meatballs one of these days, yum!

  29. I am picking up some ground turkey on Friday and trying these over the weekend! They look amazing! I can’t wait to try them.

    Loved your post!

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