Fail-proof teriyaki meatball recipe? [moved from L.A. board]
So my friend is having a big birthday bash with a lot of beer. What better appetizer to bring than teriyaki meatballs? I've done some prelim research on google - nothing seems right. I don't want Sweet & Sour meatballs, and I am perfectly happy to make both the meatballs and sauce from scratch.
Links? Recipes from your Asian/Hawaiian grandma/ma (depending on your age) from the 50s when meatballs were the de rigeur appetizer? To keep cost down, I think I will make a ground beef/ground turkey mix one. All ground turkey or ground chicken would run $5/lb., and I want to buy 3-4 lbs. of meet to make a monster plate load of them for people to nosh with their beer.....Please help me Chowhounds! I know you guys are chock full of great ideas. Also don't know if I trust this "grated raw onion" bizness...any experience? Dehydrated onion flakes might be good. I feel like I did that in a burger once upon a time and thought of it as an elegant solution to adding onion flavor to meat, if memory serves..
P.S. These need to be as amazing (or even more amazing) at room temp. No chafing dish. Ultra low-maintenaince meatballs they must be. (okay, why did that come out with a Yoda-like sentence construction?) ;P
Costco- get their meatballs *(beef)fully cooked in the freezer section, they are fantastic. Think its a 4 or 5 pound bag for around $11? Heat them up in the microwave with some teriyaki sauce and you're in business. Trader Joe's sells a brand called Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki sauce that I like to use. They also carry a Soy Vay Island Teriyaki Sauce.
Someone told me that Lawry's uses the Costco meatballs for the free meatball appetizer they serve in the bar. They use some kind of tomato sauce.
Pick up the book "Masterclass in Japanese Cooking" at Kinokuniya in Weller Court for a Tsukune recipe.