I took these meatballs to a potluck recently, and they were a huge hit, even with the kids!
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup xylitol or sweetener of your choice
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
2 tablespoon sesame oil
1/8 teaspoon orange extract, optional
4 green onions, chopped
2 pounds ground meat
1/3 cup onion, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
Marinade (see recipe below)
Xanthan gum, optional
1. Mix the marinade ingredients together in a large pot.
2. Mix the meatball ingredients well with your hands. Shape in small-medium balls about 1.5-inch diameter and place on an ungreased rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 425º for about 15 minutes, until the meat is cooked through, but still tender.
3. Rinse in a colander to remove any egg that has leaked out. Add meatballs to the marinade. Cover and simmer 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally.
4. To thicken the sauce, turn off the heat and remove the meatballs with a slotted spoon to a serving bowl. Lightly dust the surface of the sauce with xanthan gum while briskly whisking it in. Continue adding xanthan gum and whisking until sauce is thickened to your liking. Pour the sauce over the meatballs and serve.
Makes about 40 meatballs