Savory Pork Meatballs with Citrus Glaze

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Yield6 Servings
Prep Time1 hour
Cooking Time20 minutes
Total Time1 hour, 20 minutes


eggs (beaten)
1⁄2 cup
1 cup
1⁄2 cup
onion (finely minced)
3 tablespoons
garlic (finely minced)
1 teaspoon
cumin seed (toasted, crushed)
1 pinch
ground cinnamon
1⁄4 teaspoon
cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon
fresh thyme (minced)
2 tablespoons
fresh mint (minced)
2 teaspoons
1⁄2 teaspoon
black pepper
2 pounds
ground pork
1⁄2 cup
orange marmalade
1⁄4 cup
1⁄4 cup
fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon
fresh orange zest
2 tablespoons
1 teaspoon
vegetable or extra virgin olive oil
cucumber (peeled into ribbons using a vegetable peeler)
fresh mint leaves
Greek yogurt


In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk, breadcrumbs, onion, garlic, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, thyme, mint, salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes. Add in the ground pork and mix well with clean hands until thoroughly blended, being careful not to overwork the mixture. Refrigerate meat for 30 to 60 minutes.

Roll pork mixture into 1½” balls with clean hands shaping until the meatballs are formed and smooth.

Make the glaze in a large bowl, combine the marmalade, water, orange juice, zest, shoyu and cornstarch and wisk until smooth, and set aside.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet on medium heat. Working in batches, add the meatballs and cook for 7 to 8 minutes, making sure to brown each side evenly; do not overcrowd skillet. Meatballs are fully cooked when they are completely opaque in center. Place cooked meatballs

on plate with paper towel to cool.

Add the glaze mixture to the pan and bring to a boil over medium high heat until the cornstarch cooks and sauce thickens. Add the cooked meatballs to the pan and cook over medium heat for a minute while gently rolling the meatballs in the glaze. Serve the meatballs immediately topped with cucumber ribbons, mint, and a spoonful of Greek yogurt.

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Chef Lee Anne Wong
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