General Tso’s Meatballs {Gluten-Free}

A meatball bar was probably my most genius party invention. Various types of meatballs, all on display and easily picked up with a toothpick. Granted, it took a lot longer than I expected to prepare and cook the meatballs, but it was more than worth it in the end.

Everyone loved the idea and enjoyed the actual meatballs even more. When I was on my meatball hunting mission I knew I wanted to use a variety of ground meats, because why not take advantage of the fact that I can now easily find ground turkey, chicken, pork and even veal in just about any grocery store?

I knew Tom would love these because when we order Chinese food, his order is always the same.  A large container of General Tso’s chicken with white rice. I wasn’t expecting everyone else to fall in love with them either, especially since they are low carb and gluten free since anything even mildly healthy seems to send certain people I know running to the nearest calorie laden item.

General Tso’s Meatballs
Source: I Breathe…I’m Hungry…
Servings: 16 meatballs
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for the sauce:

    • 1/2 tsp. sesame oil
    • 3 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
    • 3 tbsp. soy sauce (coconut aminos for Paleo)
    • 3 tbsp. honey
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1/2 tsp. arrowroot powder
    • 6 green onions, green part chopped
    • 4 small dried chiles chopped (garlic chile sauce also works)

for the meatballs:

    • 1 pound ground turkey
    • 2 tbsp. minced ginger
    • 6 green onions, chopped
    • 1 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1/8 cup almond or coconut flour
    • 1 egg

1. Add the sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, honey, water and arrowroot powder together in a small saucepan until combined. Add the green onions and chiles and bring to a boil.
2. Simmer for 5 minutes until thickened, then remove from the heat.
3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and top it with a wire cooling rack.
4. Prepare the meatballs by combining all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. Form into 16 evenly sized meatballs and place on the prepared rack.
5. Bake for 16-20 minutes or until cooked through.
6. Pour the sauce over the meatballs and serve immediately.

Alternately you could fry the meatballs in a large skillet for 1-2 minutes per side or until cooked through. These will result in a crunchier texture.

I opted to bake the meatballs because I had other ones going in the oven at the same temperature, plus I really don’t trust frying anything on my stove unless I haul out the Dutch Oven and I had too much going on that day to pull that out and make any more dishes for myself. (With foil lining the baking sheets, you can just wrap up and toss the foil. The baking sheet doesn’t even need to be washed.)

You really need these in your life. If you aren’t interested in the healthier version, use regular flour in the meatballs, sugar instead of honey and cornstarch instead of arrowroot powder.

One Comment

  1. I made this yesterday and it was so good! I can’t wait to try this again someday. Thanks for posting!

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