Beef Bulgogi Meatballs
 (Mark Boughton Photography/Styling by Teresa Blackburn)

(Mark Boughton Photography/Styling by Teresa Blackburn)

"This recipe, from Everyday Korean by Kim Sunée and Seung Hee Lee, is a tasty spin on a familiar dish. Shape these into meatballs and serve with the dipping sauces along with lettuce leaves or steamed rice. Or make them into sliders to serve on toasted mini buns with grated Cheddar cheese, mayonnaise and mustard." -ALISON ASHTON 

Beef Bulgogi Meatballs

By KIM SUNÉE AND SEUNG HEE LEE

  • MAKES 40-50 meatballs

  • ACTIVE TIME: 25 min.

  • TOTAL TIME:  2 hr. 25 min. includes chilling time

INGREDIENTS

Meatballs:

  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp minced green onion
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • ¾ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ Asian pear (or Bosc or Bartlett pear), grated
  • 1⁄3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 lb ground beef, preferably chuck and short rib
  • 1 lb ground pork or veal
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)

Ssamjang:

  • ½ cup doenjang (fermented soybean paste) or miso
  • ¼ cup gochujang (Korean fermented chile paste)
  • 2 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar or cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp minced green onion, white parts only
  • 1 Tbsp minced jalapeño serrano chile, stems and seeds removed (optional)

Soy-Vinegar Dipping Sauce:

  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar or cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped green onion
  • 1 tsp gochugaru (Korean red pepper flakes, optional)
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil (optional)
  • Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)

DIRECTIONS

To make meatballs::

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together first 8 ingredients. Add panko, ground meats and egg; mix just until combined (do not overmix). Cover; refrigerate 30 minutes and up to 2 hours.

  2. Preheat oven to 425°F.

  3. Form meat mixture into 40-50 mini meatballs or about 18 slider patties; place on a baking sheet. Bake 18-20 minutes or until golden and cooked through but still tender and moist, turning the pan halfway through cooking time.

  4. Garnish with sesame seeds, if desired. Serve with Ssamjang and Soy-Vinegar Dipping Sauce.

To make Ssamjang::

  1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Refrigerate in an airtight container up to 2 weeks. Makes about 1 cup.

To make Soy-Vinegar Dipping Sauce:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, onion, and gochugaru and sesame oil, if desired. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds just before serving, if desired. Refrigerate in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days. Makes about ½ cup.