Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sweet and Sour Cocktail Meatballs

I haven't had a lot of computer time lately but I wanted to take the time to add a couple more really great get together recipes. 
The first recipe below came about when I needed a really quick last minute buffet style dish to take to a family Memorial gathering for my grandmother in law. 
I went super simple and bought a bag of plain meatballs from Costco. 
As for the sauce ingredients I literally just used what I had on hand.
Everyone loved this dish and asked for the recipe.
I was so flattered everyone liked them so much
but I also had to laugh because I had just thrown it together at the last minute.
Chefs Tip:
If you have the time, make homemade meatballs.
It's sure to taste even better, but this recipe is pretty awesome as is.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs
6 pounds basic meatballs
44 oz Simply Heinz tomato ketchup
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
10 oz maraschino cherries + half the juice
20 oz pineapple chunks + half the juice
12 oz orange marmalade
1/2 cap pure orange extract
pinch ground nutmeg

Mix all the sauce ingredients in a saucepan over med/low heat, simmer for 20 minutes.
Place meatballs on a foil lined baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes in a 375* degree oven for 20 minutes.
Transfer meatballs to slow cooker.
Pour the hot sauce over meatballs; allow to cool, cover and refrigerate overnight to marinate.
Remove the meatballs from the refrigerator, place the crock bowl back in the slow cooker to reheat.
Another Super Simple Recipe for...
Cocktail Meatballs
1/2 pound lean ground beef
1/2 pound mild or sweet Italian Sausage, casings removed
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
2 cloves Garlic, minced 
1/4-1/2 cup Vidalia Sweet Onion, minced
1 Tablespoon Freshly minced Parsley
1/2 teaspoon pepper 
1 cup BBQ Sauce or Heinz® Chili Sauce
1 cup Grape Jam 
1/4 cup freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
3/4 cup soft, Fresh Breadcrumbs
2 Tablespoons milk
1 egg, whisked
2 Tablespoons onion, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Gently blend meats, worcestershire, cheese, garlic, onion and pepper.
Pour warm milk over breadcrumbs, add to meat mixture.
Whisk egg, add to meat mixture.
Mix just until evenly combined. 
Using a scoop-style measuring tablespoon, scoop two tablespoons of meat and form into bite-sized meatballs.
For easier clean-up place meatballs on a foil-lined, rimmed baking sheet;
Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked all the way through.
Combine BBQ or chili sauce and jam in a saucepan set over medium heat.
Cook, stirring, until jam dissolves, about 5 minutes.
Add cooked meatballs to the sauce; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes.
Ground Turkey/Ground Pork for the Ground Beef/Italian Sausage. 
Any flavor Chutney, Jam, Jelly, Marmalade or Preserves
Such as...
Hot Pepper Jelly, I have a wonderful recipe for
Red Currant
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