FIVE-SPICE APPETIZER MEATBALLS
Turn these miniature meatballs into a main dish by spooning several meatballs and sauce over hot cooked rice or noodles.
Yields: Approximately 48 appetizer-size meatballs.
· 1 slightly beaten egg white
· 3/4 cup soft bread crumbs
· 1/4 teaspoon five-spice powder
· 1 pound lean ground beef
· 1½ cups Florida Orange Juice
· 3 tablespoons honey
· 4 teaspoons cornstarch
· 4 teaspoons soy sauce
· 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
· 1 medium red and/or green sweet pepper, cut into 1" pieces
In a large bowl combine egg white, bread crumbs, five-spice powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add beef; mix well. Shape into 48 1" meatballs. Place in a 15"x10"x1" baking pan. Bake in a 350° oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until no pink remains in center of meatballs. Drain.
Meanwhile, in a large saucepan stir together orange juice, honey, cornstarch, soy sauce, and ginger. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Add sweet pepper and meatballs in saucepan; cook and stir until heated through. Keep warm in a fondue pot or chafing dish. Serve with toothpicks.
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