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These tasty meatballs are quick and easy…perfect for dinner on a busy weeknight! #SausageFamily
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Ok, that’s enough sappiness. Back to the party! Robbie scored all kinds of new toys from friends and family. He’s been loving balls lately, and he got a little basketball activity set where he can “dunk” the ball through the hoop. That toy is definitely a favorite! But Robbie’s favorite toy? The $1 balloons that I picked up the morning of his party. We ended up shortening the string on the two balloons and then tied each to a toy. Now he just crawls around the house with a balloon in each hand…terrorizing the dogs as he goes!
We also got a smash cake for him, but he seemed thoroughly confused. It could’ve been the fact that 20 people were standing there watching him eat cake. Robbie doesn’t like getting his hands messy, so Laura and I weren’t too surprised when he just poked at the frosting on his cake. (Although, I did get the cake out again later that night and cut into it so Robbie could see the actual cake…and then he started going to town! Like father, like son…especially when it comes to birthday cake.)
Since we had a bunch of family in town, I wanted to whip up an easy dinner for everyone. Plus, Robbie needed help working on that smash cake…so I didn’t want to be stuck in the kitchen the whole time. I decided to make these Teriyaki Glazed Meatballs, and they were definitely a huge hit! Not only are these meatballs packed with flavor, but the whole recipe was ready in about 20 minutes. That’s right…20 minutes! Robbie spent longer than that trying to figure out how to crawl with both balloons in his hands!
The secret to these Teriyaki Glazed Meatballs is Johnsonville’s Fully Cooked Meatballs. These meatballs come in 3 different flavors, too–Homestyle, Classic Italian and 3-Cheese Italian. Since these meatballs are already fully cooked, they are the perfect solution for either an easy meal or a hearty appetizer.
I used the Homestyle variety for these Teriyaki Glazed Meatballs, and Laura and I also tried the Classic Italian over spaghetti for another easy meal once the in-laws left town. The 3-Cheese Italian is next up on my list! These meatballs are made with premium cuts of pork, and there’s ~28 meatballs per bag. (Look for them in the frozen section at your local grocery store.)
The holidays are hectic. There’s presents to wrap. There’s decorations and lights to hang. There’s babies to chase around the living room floor. There’s cookies to make for Santa. Heck, there might even be some leftover smash cake for Dad to eat. Our schedule gets a bit crazy this time of the year, and that’s when I turn to easy recipes like these Teriyaki Glazed Meatballs for dinner.
What are your go-to holiday meals?
Why can’t adults have smash cakes at our birthday parties?
Teriyaki Glazed Meatballs
For the Teriyaki Glazed Meatballs
For the Teriyaki Glazed Meatballs
- Using a medium saucepan, add soy sauce, ¼ cup water, brown sugar, honey, sesame oil, rice vinegar, garlic and ground ginger; stir until well combined. Heat, stirring occasionally, over medium-low heat until brown sugar has fully dissolved.
- Using a small bowl, whisk the corn starch together with remaining ¼ cup of water; stir until well combined. Add corn starch mixture to saucepan; stir. Increase heat to medium-high and cook until glaze begins to thicken (~1-2 minutes). Stir sesame seeds into glaze.
- Add fully-cooked meatballs to saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir until meatballs are well-coated. Simmer for 10-12 minutes, or until meatballs are hot.
- For serving, place 4-5 meatballs over 1 cup of cooked rice. Spoon additional teriyaki glaze over meatballs and then sprinkle with chopped green onions.