These sweet, tangy, Asian inspired teriyaki meatball bowls are one of the easiest, yummiest, most budget savvy meals to feed a small crowd.
My savvy friend Leigh Ann shared this recipe with me from her pinterest board after I texted her for advice on a yummy crowd sized meal using meatballs. Leigh Ann cooks often and for large groups, and she told me she has served these meatball bowls twice and that both times, they were a hit.
I made these teriyaki meatball bowls last week for our small group, and they were amazing! Folks raved over them, and there was literally not one meatball left. They are by far the most popular meal we’ve served this small group semester:-)
These teriyaki meatball bowls are now one of my go-to entrees to serve to a group of 15 to 20. They are a home run on several fronts.
First of all, they are delicious. I am a meatball fanatic, and these are some of the best I’ve ever eaten. Tender chicken meatballs perfectly seasoned, fully cooked, and refrigerated (not frozen).
Second, they are easy to make (or “doctor” to be more precise). The meatballs require no prep other than covering and heating in the homemade teriyaki sauce (which can be made ahead). Rice can be programmed to be ready at dinner time using an inexpensive rice cooker. My fave is this one.. I use it literally several times a week and it is SO easy.
Third, these are budget savvy. A large carton of Aidell’s meatballs is $12ish at Costco. I bought 2 cartons, which had the amount of meatballs pictured below on my commercial full size baking sheet.This is the largest baking sheet you can buy. I have two and use them all the time for everything~roasting vegetables, baking cookies, browning meatballs, etc…..
Make ahead: The meatballs are made, so no worries there:-) The sauce can be made a day or two ahead and simply reheated in pan before glazing meatballs. Rice can be made a day ahead, kept in ziploc bag in fridge, and reheated before serving.
Accompaniments: I served this with a huge iceberg lettuce salad with Newman’s Own Sesame Ginger dressing. It was super simple. Makoto ginger dressing is even better; it is in the refrigerated produce aisle.
So thanks, Leigh Ann, for sharing this easy, delicious, crowd sized budget savvy meal! I hope all of you other savvy friends give this a try. If so, please let me hear from you! As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!