I do not watch football but love a good party and these cocktail meatballs are always a hit at parties, tailgates, or any type of get-together you may be having. The sauce is full of flavor that will not disappoint. I always get a lot of compliments whenever they are served and I often have to make a double batch just to ensure I have enough to last the length of the party. The sauce is the real seller. It is sweet and tangy and so easy to make.
For the meatballs:
· 1 lb. hamburger meat
· 1 lb. pork sausage (breakfast sausage)
· 2 c. bread crumbs (view “NOTE” near the bottom)
· 2 eggs
· 2 T. butter
· 1 T. parsley
· 1 tsp. dehydrated onion (or ½ c. freshly diced onion)
· 1 tsp. salt
For the sauce:
· 10 oz. jar apricot preserves
· ½ c. BBQ sauce
· 1 T. honey
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Mix up the ingredients (except for the butter) for the meatballs and form into 1“ balls. Heat up the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Once the butter is hot and is melted, brown the meatballs in the skillet. Be sure to turn the meatballs so they are evenly browned.
As they cook, mix together the ingredients of the sauce. Once the meatballs are browned, move them into a greased cake pan or 2 quart casserole dish and then pour the sauce over the meatballs. Bake for 25-30 minutes and then serve.
NOTE: If you do not have bread crumbs on hand, just whip up some by taking 4 slices of bread and tear them into pieces. Place these pieces into your food processor and gently pulse until they turn into crumbs. Four slices of bread will make about 2 cups of soft bread crumbs that will work nicely in this recipe.