Chinese Meatballs


These are sooo good that I can’t believe I haven’t shared them with you before.


Serve these meatballs with rice, white is best but brown is ok.  green vegetable like steamed string beans sprinkled with sesame seed oil or broccoli with sesame seed oil. Of course if you can get snow peas that is the best.


1 lb 93% lean ground beef

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon garlic powder

2 tablespoons ketchup

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 teaspoons honey

2 tablespoons water

½ cup dry bread crumbs


leave meat on counter until almost room temperature, mix in with rest of the ingredients.  leave the mixture to marinate for up to overnight or as little as no time!  Form into 1” balls.


½ teaspoon ground cloves

½ teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ cup ketchup

¼ cup soy sauce

¼ cup honey

¼ cup water


Place the meatballs in a hot skillet sprayed with cook spray, cook until light brown all over, add the mix of spices, ketchup, soy sauce, honey and water and add to the meatballs, bring to a boil, cover, lower heat to very low and cook for about 40 mins.  Every 10 mins or so pour sauce over the meatballs with a spoon. Keep adding water as needed so there is at least ½ cup of liquid in the skillet.  If on the other hand there is too much liquid in the skillet at the end of cooking time, remove the meatballs, reduce the liquid to about ½ a cup.


While the meatballs are cooking make your rice and vegetables.


Enjoy this meal, have some ice cream for desert.  If you are in a rush, raise the heat under the meatballs so that they cook a little bit faster.



Serves 4 very nicely.