So – don’t be fooled by the title – this isn’t “real” Chinese food – but it is a tasty recipe with some added Asian flavors. I got the recipe many years ago from a friend, and only a couple of years ago decided to give it a try. And I’ve been making it ever since.
Although “meatballs” and “Chinese” seem as though they contradict each other, this recipe is a keeper. Plus, it’s a great way to use extra cabbage!
We like this recipe served over brown rice for dinner, but it also freezes and reheats well, too. It’s a perfect recipe to make to stock the freezer with homemade lunches! Enjoy!
Chinese Meatballs with Cabbage
Adapted from Erin’s recipe
1lb ground lean pork loin (I ground the trimmed pork loin myself on my kitchenaid grinder)
2 scallions, chopped
1 TBS Hoisin sauce
1 TBS minced Ginger
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/2 cup oats
1 head Napa cabbage, shredded (I used the slicer attachment on my food processor)
1 TBS rice wine vinegar
3 TBS Low sodium soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp brown sugar
1 TBS cornstarch w/2 Tbsp water, mix, set aside
1/2 cup water – for thinning the sauce (may not use all of it)
Combine top ingredients through egg in bowl and form into small meatballs.
Bake in oven at 400 for 10-15 minutes until beginning to brown. Take out and set aside.
Meanwhile, in a large pot, add the cabbage, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil and sugar. Cover and cook the cabbage over medium high heat for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium low and continue to cook for 5 more minutes. Add the baked meatballs into the pot and toss with cabbage. Turn heat up to medium, cover the pot and cook for another 5 minutes. Push meatballs and cabbage toward the sides of the pot. Add dissolved cornstarch to the liquid in center of the pot. Stir for a few seconds, until the sauce has slightly thickened. Mix well with the cabbage and meatballs. Add water as needed to thin sauce to desired consistency.
*Note* You can substitute ground turkey or chicken for the pork loin in this recipe – the nutritional info will change, but it will still be delicious!
Total Fat: 6.5 g
Saturated Fat: 1.4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.3 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 1.3 g
Cholesterol: 108.6 mg
Sodium: 863.7 mg
Potassium: 1,152.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 26.4 g
Dietary Fiber: 6.6 g
Sugars: 2.7 g
Protein: 32.6 g