Vietnamese Meatball Lollipops with Dipping Sauce

Treat your guests to these delicious appetizers; tasty meatballs served with warm dipping sauce. Perfect appetizer for an Asian meal.

  • Prep Time 50 min
  • Total Time 50 min
  • Servings 12

Ingredients

Meatballs

1 1/4
lb lean (at least 90%) ground turkey
1/4
cup chopped water chestnuts (from 8-oz can), drained
1/4
cup chopped fresh cilantro
1
tablespoon cornstarch
2
tablespoons fish sauce
1/2
teaspoon pepper
3
cloves garlic, finely chopped

Dipping Sauce

1/4
cup water
1/4
cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
2
tablespoons packed brown sugar
2
tablespoons chopped fresh chives or green onions
2
tablespoons lime juice
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2
teaspoon crushed red pepper
About 24 (6-inch) bamboo skewers

  • 1 Heat oven to 400°F. Line cookie sheet with foil; spray with cooking spray (or use nonstick foil).
  • 2 In large bowl, combine all meatball ingredients until well mixed. Shape into 1 1/4-inch meatballs. On cookie sheet, place meatballs 1 inch apart. Bake 20 minutes, turning halfway through baking, until thermometer inserted in center of meatballs reads at least 165°F.
  • 3 Meanwhile, in 1-quart saucepan, heat all dipping sauce ingredients over low heat until sugar is dissolved; set aside.
  • 4 Insert bamboo skewers into cooked meatballs; place on serving plate. Serve with warm dipping sauce.

Expert Tips

Use plastic gloves when mixing ground meat mixtures with your hands to distributed ingredients evenly, while keeping your hands clean.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
80
(
Calories from Fat
25),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
2 1/2g
2 1/2%
(Saturated Fat
1/2g,
1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
30mg
30%;
Sodium
440mg
440%;
Total Carbohydrate
5g
5%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
3g
3%
),
Protein
10g
10%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 1 Very Lean Meat; 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.