We’re going to keep today’s post short and sweet. After spending the long weekend away for a friend’s wedding (which was so much fun), I am playing some major catch-up. But definitely worth it for a few wonderful days off.
So, let’s talk meatballs. Sweet and spicy meatballs to be exact. You may remember these from our end of summer housewarming party. I added them to the menu at the last minute, after deciding that I wanted one more item to round everything out. I really wasn’t expecting much, but after taste-testing one … ahem a few … I was pleasantly surprised.
My feelings were confirmed when these were the first item to completely disappear at the party. Not a single lone meatball was left by the end. And they taste exactly as they sound – classic meatballs jazzed up with a sweet mango sauce that has just a hint of heat.
I made these the day before the party and then just reheated them in a saucepan the day of. An easy appetizer that’s sure to please. Just don’t blame me when you eat more than a few…
- ½ pound lean ground beef
- 1 pound ground pork
- ⅓ cup panko bread crumbs
- ⅓ cup finely chopped onion
- ⅓ cup finely chopped orange pepper
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1 cup mango pepper jelly
- ⅔ cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- To make the meatballs - preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and then grease with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, add the beef, pork, bread crumbs, onion, pepper, salt, garlic powder, pepper and egg. Mix until combined. Shape the mixture into small meatballs (about 1 ¼ inch in size). Place the meatballs on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes, until cooked through and no longer pink in the centers. Set aside while you prepare the sauce.
- To make the sauce - add the jelly, orange juice, cornstarch, salt, ginger and garlic powder to a medium saucepan. Whisk to combine. Set the pan over medium heat. Cook for about 3 to 5 minutes, whisking frequently, until the sauce has slightly thickened.
- Add the meatballs to the sauce. Turn the heat down to medium low and cook for about 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally, until hot and the sauce is thick enough to coat the meatballs.
Adapted from Pillsbury.