Easy Appetizer Meatballs

These are great if you are having a party! Easy, simple, and quick.

What you’ll need:

1 pound of 85% ground hamburger

1/2 cup spicy or original yakitori sauce

1/4 cup bread crumbs

1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

cooking oil

other optional items:

red pepper flakes to taste

2 tablespoons finely chopped green onion

What you’ll do:

Combine all ingredients (except cookng oil) in medium-size mixing bowl and hand mix to incorporate the ingredients well. If you’d like them spicier, add red pepper flakes and green onion. Take a pinch of the mixture and roll into approximately quarter sized balls. I made mine into half dollar sized balls which my family said was a little too large for party snacking. At the half dollar-size I made 20 meatballs, so at the smaller size you should have between 30-35. Lay them out on a cookie sheet with wax paper. Take a medium-size skillet and add enough cooking oil to cover the bottom of the pan and heat on medium to medium-high heat. Place about 10 meatballs in at a time and gently turn so that all sides get browned, about 5-6 minutes of cooking time, remove from heat to cool and repeat until all are cooked. Dab with a paper towel to remove excess oil. Enjoy!

Here are the meatballs ready to be fried

Here are the meatballs ready to be fried

Great for a party!

Great for a party!

Stuffed Pork Chops

We started with two generously cut bone-in pork chops. Around 1.75 to 2 inches thick. Have your butcher cut a large pocket in each for stuffing. What you will need besides the two pork chops.

1 cup panko bread crumbs

8 ounces of mushrooms, sliced

1 medium onion, chopped

1/4 cup of spicy yakitori sauce

2 tablespoons of butter

Melt the butter in a large skillet on medium heat, add mushrooms and onions, stir occasionally, sauté for around 10 minutes. Also start preheating oven to 350 degrees. Let mushrooms and onions cool while measuring the panko bread crumbs into a medium bowl, reserve half of the mushrooms and onions for later and add other half to bread crumbs and stir. After mixing, add 1/4 cup of spicy yakitori sauce to bread crumb mixture and stir well. Stuff what will fit into each pork chop without packing too tightly. Spray a large glass baking dish with cooking spray (and I drizzled a little olive oil as well) and place stuffed pork chops into dish, cover with heavy duty aluminum foil and place in oven and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, remove foil, place remaining mushrooms and onions on top of pork chops equally and drizzle some spicy yakitori sauce on top. Return to oven for an additional 25 minutes (150 degree internal temp.) then remove and cover with foil to rest for 5 more minutes. Serve with favorite veggies, rice, or potatoes and salad. Unless you are a big eater these two pork chops will feed four people.

Spicy yakitori, mushroom, and onion stuffed pork chops.

Spicy yakitori, mushroom, and onion stuffed pork chops.