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Kikkoman Wafu Italian Meatballs ​

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Yield

25 meatballs

prep

Prep Time

50 minutes

cook

Cook Time

1 hour, 55 minutes

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Total Time

2 hours, 45 minutes

kikkoman products used:

ingredients

Tomato Sauce
6 tablespoons Kikkoman® Sesame Oil 
10 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 
3 medium white onions, finely diced 
3 (28-oz.)cans plum tomatoes 
6 tablespoons Kikkoman® Soy Sauce 
6 tablespoons Kikkoman® Hoisin Sauce 
2 tablespoons sugar 
1 large bunch fresh basil 

Meatballs
1½ cups heavy cream or milk 
1 cup Italian dry breadcrumbs 
3 tablespoons Kikkoman® Panko Bread Crumbs 
1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground pork
1 pound ground veal (may substitute ground turkey) 
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese  
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 
1 cup ricotta cheese 
½ cup Kikkoman® Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce 
3 tablespoons Kikkoman® Sweet Soy Glaze 
3 tablespoons Kikkoman® Sesame Oil                              
3 tablespoons Kikkoman® Ponzu Sauce 
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil  
2 tablespoons Kikkoman® Hoisin Sauce 
2 tablespoons Kikkoman® Soy Sauce 
1 tablespoon dried oregano  
1 tablespoon ginger powder 
½ tablespoon black pepper  
3 eggs 

directions

  1. To prepare tomato sauce, heat sesame oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onion and garlic and cook for 10 minutes or until translucent. 
  2. Crush tomatoes finely with your fingers and add to the pot with the juices. Cover and cook for 1 hour over low heat. Stir in soy sauce, hoisin, and sugar; cook for 30 minutes more.  
  3. To prepare meatballs, preheat oven to 350°F and line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Stir together cream or milk with Italian and panko breadcrumbs in a large bowl; let stand for 10 minutes. Add remaining meatball ingredients and mix until well incorporated (using your hands works best.) 
  4. Shape into 4 oz (½ cup) balls and place on baking sheets. Cook for 25 to 30 minutes or until cooked through. 
  5. Add cooked meatballs and fresh basil to sauce. Cook over low heat for 15 minutes. 

Recipe created in partnership with Chef Robbie Felice

Chef’s Note
I grew up on meatballs and we would always have meatballs around the holidays. Plus who doesn’t love meatballs? Japanese Italian Meatballs are even better. I make the most tender moist meatballs that literally melt in your mouth. These are flavored with both Kikkoman®  Soy Sauce and Teriyaki Sauce. They’re served in a Wafu Italian Tomato Sauce seasoned with sesame, soy, teriyaki, and hoisin. A version of these has been on the pastaRAMEN menu since day one. To make the tastiest meatball dish, Kikkoman products should absolutely be on the holiday list! 

THE STORY OF SOY SAUCE

Even people who love soy sauce and use it all the time are often surprised to learn what it is and how it’s made. We make ours from just four simple ingredients—water, soybeans, wheat, and salt. Those ingredients are transformed through a traditional brewing process—much like making wine or beer—that has remained unchanged for centuries.

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