Spicy Korean-Style Gochujang Meatballs

Spicy Korean-Style Gochujang Meatballs

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    For the Super Bowl this year, my husband wanted to make some Korean chicken wings he had seen in a magazine. When I saw the recipe, I wasn't expecting gochujang (Korean chili paste) to be an easy ingredient to find (or pronounce), but it turned out it was incredibly painless to locate at my local big-box store. The wings turned out great, but I now have a pretty sizable tub of gochujang sitting in my fridge. Not one to let food go to waste, I've made it my mission to use that stuff up. It's actually pretty versatile, and has a nice spicy and smoky flavor. A little bit goes a long way toward giving an otherwise boring dish a little Korean flair. Along the lines of "party food" like chicken wings, I thought this stuff would work in meatballs, too (my recipe is adapted from a recipe from Spoon Fork Bacon). These meatballs are spicy and smoky and delicious.

    Ingredients

    • 3 green onions, very thinly sliced
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 egg, lightly beaten
    • 1 pound ground beef
    • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
    • 2 tablespoons gochujang (Korean chili paste)
    • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
    • 2 tablespoons canola oil, for pan-frying
    • 1/3 cup apricot preserves
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
    • Garnishes: sliced green onion and toasted sesame seeds

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    Nutrition

    Nutritional Info
    ESHA
    • Servings Per Recipe: 20
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 130 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 5 g 8.35%
    • Saturated Fat: 2 g 9.53%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 11 mg 3.56%
    • Sodium: 350 mg 14.57%
    • Calcium: 15 mg 1.51%
    • Potassium: 28 mg 0.81%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 1 mg 4.67%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 16 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 1 g 4.28%
    • Sugar: 10 g
    • Protein: 5 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Vitamin A 4.66%
    • Vitamin C 7.85%
    • Vitamin D 0%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat1
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs1
    • Exchange - Starch0
    • Exchange - Vegetables0
    • Exchange - Lean Meat0
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total0 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total0 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total1 oz-eq

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