Mongolian Meatball Cabbage Cups

Mongolian Meatball Cabbage Cups
The sauce is everything.
Recipe type: Appetizer
  • 4 large cabbage leaves, quartered
  • 1 lb. organic grass fed ground beef
  • ½ c. panko bread crumbs
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil, divided
  • Kosher salt
  • Red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp. minced ginger
  • ½ c. low-sodium chicken broth (or water)
  • ½ c. low-sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ c. brown sugar
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and thinly sliced
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish
  1. In a large pot, boil 4 cups water. Using tongs, dip each cabbage leaf in water for 30 seconds and place on a paper towel lined plate to dry.
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, panko bread crumbs, about half the green onions, egg, garlic, and 1 teaspoon sesame oil. Season with salt and red pepper flakes. Scoop heaping tablespoons of mixture and roll into balls.
  3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat vegetable oil. Add meatballs and sear until each side develops a crust, about 2 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches 145°. Remove meatballs from skillet, and add remaining teaspoon sesame oil. Stir in ginger and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add chicken broth, soy sauce, and brown sugar. Bring to a simmer then return meatballs to skillet and add carrots. Cover with lid and cook until meatballs are cooked through and carrots are crisp-tender, about 10 minutes more.
  4. Garnish with remaining green onions and sesame seeds. Serve warm in cabbage leaves.




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