Superbowl Sunday is less than a week away and it’s easy to pull out the frozen pizza rolls, bagel bites, wings, and taquitos and popping them in the oven and having them ready in a matter of 10-20 minutes. Many of the snack foods offered at these get togethers are high in refined carbs and sodium. I like to bring things that are more veggie or protein based. Last year I made caprese phyllo cups for a Christmas party. This recipe would also work for the Superbowl. This year for the Superbowl I am going to make Asian meatballs. I also make these for dinner and serve them over brown rice with a side of broccoli for a balanced meal. For the Superbowl I am going to leave them on the “warm” setting of my Instant Pot and let people serve themselves from there. These meatballs are lower in carbs and sodium than other appetizers that may be offered. And it only took me about 20 minutes to make!img_7829

Asian Meatballs

Ingredients:

Meatballs:

  • 1 lb 93/7% lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup chopped green onion (chop additional for garnish if desired)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbs vegetable oil
Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce (I used low sodium)
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 Tbs vegetable oil
  • 3 Tbs brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs corn starch

Directions:

  1. Combine turkey, bread crumbs, egg, green onions, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Once combined, form mixture into balls (makes 15-20 depending on how big or small you make them).

  2. Combine sauce ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. Turn on saute mode on the Instant Pot and add 1 Tbs of oil and brown the meatballs, about 2 minutes per side. Once brown, add the sauce and place lid on Instant Pot. Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.img_7822
  4. When the timer goes off, turn off the Instant Pot and release pressure. This will take about 5 minutes. And enjoy!img_7827

*NOTE:

  • If you are making for a meal rather than an appetizer, sprinkle with sliced green onions and serve over rice.
  • Also note that you do not need an Instant Pot to make this dish. All you need to do is follow the directions, but instead of cooking in the Instant Pot, cook meatballs in the oven at 400 degrees F for about 20 minutes. While the meatballs are cooking, in a saucepan heat the sauce over medium/high heat until thickened. When meatballs are done, pour them into the sauce and gently stir until the meatballs are coated. If you are bringing this to a party, pour meatballs and sauce into crockpot for easy transportation and warming.

I hope you enjoy the recipe and have a happy Superbowl Sunday!