Szechuan Braised Meatballs

January/February 2008

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We braise these spicy beef meatballs and Chinese cabbage in a bit of beef broth. Make it a meal: Ladle over brown rice or noodles with steamed broccoli and carrots on the side.

"I really like this recipe. I have made them with both ground beef and ground turkey. I like them better with turkey because the beef seems to overshadow the flavors of the seasonings, cabbage, and mushrooms. The Szechuan sauce and...
Szechuan Braised Meatballs

9 Reviews for Szechuan Braised Meatballs

Meatballs were like golfballs

While other reviewers focused on the sauce, I felt the meatballs left a lot to be desired. There is nothing in them to create a tender texture, no egg or bread crumbs, so the result is a dense ball of meat. As for the sauce, it was way too vinegar-y; I ended up adding some ketchup to try to mitigate the acid bite.
Won't be making this again.

none I can think of

These were excellent! I made my own sodium free Szechaun Sauce and left the salt out entirely, you will never miss the sodium. Why pay for take-out when you can make your own? Very tasty - a keeper.


I made this recipe out of the 500-Calorie Dinner Cookbook, and my husband and I both loved it! We served it with whole wheat linguine and steamed broccoli. The flavor of the sauce and the meatballs were both excellent. I did add some extra red pepper flakes to kick up the spice.

OOoooo, really great!

Per the other reviews, I doubled the Chinese Five Spice powder in the meatballs, added a salt-free Szechwan spice blend I found to the meat. I doubled the garlic and added 1/2 tsp. freshly grated ginger root in the sauce....I served it over brown rice and it was friggin' AWESOME!!! I used extra-lean ground sirloin and the flavor was incredible!

Easy, delicious, low-cal

This was delicious! I used turkey instead of beef on the suggestion of another reviewer, and I doubled the amount of 5-spice powder in the recipe, and the meatballs turned out spicy but not too hot (for me, at least, my husband thought they were too spicy for him). I sliced the cabbage into strips instead of shredding it.

Flavorful, easy

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