sesame orange meatballs

I am a huge asian-food fan.  I have loved pretty much everything I have ever tasted, and orange chicken is no exception!

I wanted to make meatballs for dinner the other day but I wasn't in the mood for my usual meatballs and gravy, and kept coming up short on new ideas...

My sweet friend Charisa and I were sitting at the kitchen counter trying to decide what direction to take them when we found a bottle of Panda Express Orange Sauce that I had bought at Costco a while ago, and these delicious little bites where born!

These sweet, savory, asian meatballs would also be great made with ground turkey or chicken!

Sesame Orange Meatballs Recipe
serves 4-6

2 pounds ground beef
1 large egg
1/4 cup prepared orange sauce*
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons minced dried onion
1 teaspoon garlic powder
salt & pepper, to taste
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon ground or freshly grated ginger
*more orange sauce to heat and serve the meatballs with

Preheat the oven to 425ºF.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and set aside.

In a large bowl, gently and quickly mix together all of the meatball ingredients with your hands.

Form the mixture into golf-ball-sized balls and place them on the baking sheet.  (The easiest way to do this is with clean hands dipped in cold water in between formings!)

Bake for 35-45 minutes, until the meatballs are golden and no longer pink in the center when you cut one in half.

***This is the place to stop if you are making these ahead of time or to stock your freezer.  Cool the meatballs completely and then place them in a single layer in freezer-safe Ziploc bags and freeze for up to 3 months!***

When you are ready to serve them, heat the meatballs covered in more of the orange sauce in a dish in a 350ºF oven or in a saucepan over medium heat until heated through.

Serve with rice and your favorite veggies!

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