Banh Mi Meatballs

Banh Mi Meatballs: a quick and easy meatball recipe that’s loaded with fun flavor. Serve over rice as a meal, or with toothpicks as an appetizer!

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Bánh Mì, that classic Vietnamese sandwich that has me hooked with its pork-meets-fresh-meets-pickled goodness, takes a turn down easy street with this recipe for Banh Mi Meatballs.

Enjoying these addictive flavors just doesn’t get any easier than this. Serve this easy meatball recipe over rice as a meal, or with toothpicks as an appetizer!

Cast Iron Gourmet cookbook from Megan Keno

This banh mi meatballs recipe comes straight from the pages of Cast Iron Gourmet, written by my friend Megan of Country Cleaver.

If you follow Megan, then you already know that she loves, loves, loves her cast iron skillets and cookware. And she definitely knows her way around the kitchen, sharing fun recipes that are loaded with flavor and boast a beautiful presentation.

And.

She has a way with her recipes that especially speak to people who are looking for gourmet dishes and flavors, but with simpler time-saving techniques and ingredients. Cast Iron Gourmet is PACKED with deliciousness!

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I like to use local Minnesota Simek’s mini pork meatballs when I make this recipe. A regular sized pork meatball would also be great.

In her cookbook, Megan suggests that if you can’t find pork meatballs, just go ahead and substitute beef meatballs.

meatballs with pickled onions and jalapenos

The flavorful sauce comes together super quickly and tastes fantastic. I promise you, you’ll be dipping your spoon in the sauce repeatedly, waiting for the meatballs to finish cooking.

Completely addictive!

meatballs with toothpicks in them

Banh Mi Meatballs are versatile:

  • Serve them straight from the skillet with toothpicks, as an appetizer.
  • Tuck them inside buns, similar to a classic bánh mì.
  • Or serve them over rice, for a full-on meal.
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My version of this dish includes my nearly famous pickled red onions, plus fresh mint and lime. I just have to have these items whenever I enjoy bánh mì.

I’m a total condiments girl.

But these extras are definitely not necessary.

Either way, I promise you’ll experience awesomeness.

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Banh Mi Meatballs

When you’re craving the flavors of bánh mì, these Banh Mi Meatballs come together quickly and easily. Enjoy over rice for a meal, or with toothpicks for an appetizer!

Yield: serves 4 as a meal, 8 as an appetizer
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 24 oz. mini or regular size pork meatballs, frozen (beef meatballs would also work well)
  • 1/2 c. sweet chili sauce, purchased or homemade
  • 1/4 c. low-sodium teriyaki sauce
  • 1 T. fish sauce
  • 1 c. shredded carrot
  • 1/4 c. chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 c. thinly sliced jalapeño

optional condiments:

  • 1/4 c. chopped mint
  • pickled red onions
  • lime wedges, for squeezing fresh juice over the top right before eating

Instructions

  1. Heat 12" cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add meatballs and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes, turning every minute or so.
  2. In a small bowl, combine sweet chili sauce, teriyaki sauce, and fish sauce. Pour sauce into skillet and toss meatballs to coat. Cover skillet and let meatballs cook for about 10 minutes, until thoroughly warmed and meatballs reach 165° F, stirring every few minutes. If you want to thicken the sauce a bit, uncover skillet and turn up heat to medium-high. Stir regularly until sauce is thickened to your liking.Remove skillet from heat and then scatter carrots, cilantro, and jalapeño over the top. If you like, also sprinkle with fresh mint and serve with pickled red onions and lime wedges.

Serving suggestions:

  • over rice, as a main entree
  • tucked inside a bun, like traditional bánh mì
  • with toothpicks, as an appetizer

Notes

from Cast Iron Gourmet by Megan Keno of Country Cleaver

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 243Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 813mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 13g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Nutritionix. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your own favorite calculator.

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