Notice a common theme in my summer “bucket list”? Yea, I plan on spending most of my free time down by the beach. Picnicking on the beach is also something I love to do. When I pack a meal for a beach picnic I like to pack things that transport well, that aren’t completely temperature sensitive and that can also be considered “snacky”. These Korean-Style Cocktail Meatballs are something I love packing on picnics as well as bringing as hors’dourves to any cocktail party. They’re bite sized, filled with tons of great flavor and have a unique twist to them with the gochujang glaze. You can adjust the spiciness in the glaze by scaling down on the chile paste and adding more sugar as needed. This is a great little cocktail treat that’s really easy to whip together and bring to a party, or just pack them up and enjoy them with someone special!
Korean-Style Cocktail Meatballs with a Sweet and Spicy Gochujang Glaze
Serves 5 to 7
1 lb lean ground turkey
3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2-3 dashes fish sauce
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 green onion, thinly sliced
1 serrano chile, seeded and minced
2 tablespoons rice flour (all purpose works fine)
1 egg white, lightly beaten
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup gochujang (spicy Korean chile paste)
2 tablespoons light corn syrup (or 2 1/2 tablespoons honey)
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/2 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
green onion, thinly sliced
toasted sesame seeds
1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Place all turkey meatball ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix together until completely blended. (make sure not to over mix)
3. Form 1 – 1 1/2 tablespoon sized cocktail meatballs with the turkey mixture and place onto a baking sheet, lined with parchment, about 1 inch apart.
4. Bake meatballs for 15 to 20 minutes or until just cooked through.
5. For the gochujang glaze: Place all ingredients into a small mixing bowl and whisk together until fully combined.
6. Brush glaze onto meatballs and top with green onions and sesame seeds. Serve with extra gochujang glaze on the side for dipping.