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Spicy Pork Meatballs
Recipe adapted from Rachel Yang, Joule, Seattle, WA
Yield: 14 meatballs
Cook Time: 15 minutes
1 pound ground pork
5 scallions, finely chopped
¼ cup gochujang (Korean chile paste)
¼ cup mirin rice wine
2 tablespoons soy sauce
4 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped
1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled (use the edge of a teaspoon to scrape off the skin) and grated
2 tablespoons canola oil
1. Preheat the oven to 375°. In a large bowl, stir together the pork, scallions, gochujang, mirin, soy sauce, garlic and ginger until combined (the mixture will be very wet). Use your hands to roll the mixture into 1½-inch meatballs (there should be about 14 total).
2. In a large skillet set over medium-high heat, add the oil. Once the oil begins to shimmer, add the meatballs (cook the meatballs in batches if necessary). Cook until browned, about 3 minutes. Turn the meatballs over and brown the other side, 2 to 3 minutes longer, and then transfer them to a rimmed baking sheet.
3. Place the meatballs in the oven and bake until they resist light pressure and are cooked through, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel to drain and serve hot.