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Baked Mongolian Beef Meatballs

Serves: 4 people
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Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins

Ingredients

For the Meatballs:

  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 lbs. ground beef 85% lean
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos I like Big Tree Farms Brand
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot flour
  • 1/2 tsp finely and freshly grated ginger about 1/2 inch knob of ginger, peeled
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper black pepper is okay, too
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onion white and light green parts only

For the Sauce:

  • 1.5 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp red boat fish sauce
  • 2 tsp arrowroot flour
  • 1/4 cup beef broth
  • 1 tbsp ketchup I use Primal Kitchen unsweetened
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper [or more if you like it hot] optional, for spicy

For Serving:

  • 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/4 thinly sliced green onions green part only

Instructions

Make the Meatballs:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and drizzle oil in the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, place the ground beef, egg, coconut aminos, arrowroot, ginger, garlic, salt, pepper and green onion. Using your hands, mix until the meat is just combined (try not to overwork the meat and over mix here).
  • Roll into 1.5 inch round meatballs and place in the prepared baking dish. Bake in the oven until cooked through and lightly browned on the edges, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the sauce:

  • In a small bowl, combine all of the 'for the sauce' ingredients and whisk until well combined. Set aside until the meatballs are done.

Finish the Meatballs:

  • When the meatballs are browned and cooked through, remove them from the oven (but keep the oven on). Using tongs, carefully transfer the cooked meatballs to a paper towel lined plate. Discard the excess fat in the bottom of the skillet and using a paper towel, gently wipe down the inside of the pan.
  • Place the cooked meatballs back into the skillet and pour sauce over the meatballs. Transfer back into the oven and cook until the sauce has thickened, about 8 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and transfer meatballs to a serving plate. Spoon sauce over the meatballs and then garnish with sliced green onions and toasted sesame seeds.