I started subscribing to Food & Wine Magazine a few years ago as a treat. My niece or nephew was selling subscriptions to support middle school band and the prices were actually pretty great bargains. I didn’t really connect with the first few issues; everything seemed really fancy, and most of the recipes were clearly not health-conscious. I made one or two things, but didn’t think I’d have much use for the magazine overall. After I started culinary school, I started reading the magazine with a very different mindset. I came across this recipe for party-friendly finger food– Asian Chicken Meatballs. After using a calorie calculator designed for recipes, I made this for Client. It’s from the January 2015 issue of Food & Wine, in a regular feature by Justin Chapple called Green Market Math.
Asian Chicken Meatballs
In a bowl, mix 1 pound ground chicken, 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs, 1/3 cup minced scallions, 3 tablespoon minced ginger, 1 egg, 2 minced garlic cloves, 2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil, 2 teaspoon soy sauce and ¼ teaspoon kosher salt. Form into 11/2-inch balls, brush with canola oil and arrange on a baking sheet. Bake at 450° for 13 minutes. Serve with Asian chile sauce.
(6 meatballs = 310 calories, no dipping sauce)
I used ground turkey for this recipe, along with homemade breadcrumbs and 3 tablespoons of commercial egg whites (equivalent of 1 egg; another Costco lifesaver). I sprayed the whole tray with cooking spray and they turned out perfectly. I’m thinking of making this into a lettuce wrap to brighten it up a little.
Verdict: A crowd pleaser. The turkey was lean but not dry. There was a nice pop of ginger, and the green onion was present but not overwhelming. More garlic wouldn’t have hurt. A dipping sauce would enhance the texture, but it isn’t necessary. The lettuce wrap provided some crunch and the freshness I was looking for. I would make these again, and possibly experiment with other flavors (Italian, of course, but also Mediterranean, with lamb, Greek seasoning, and a feta creamy dressing). A great appetizer or light lunch!