Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Grape Jelly Cocktail Meatballs

 If you have not heard of grape jelly meatballs, then you must think I have lost my mind.  It's actually a wonderful way to make some amazing sweet and sour meatballs for any party.  I love to make these for parties and it's always the first dish finished. The sweetness of the grape jelly really makes these meatballs a perfect and fun appetizer.

To make the meatballs you will need:

2 lb of lean ground meat (I used ground chicken)
2 tsp of paprika
1/2 onion grated
4 cloves of garlic grated
salt and pepper
3 Tbs of fresh parsley minced
2 bread slice worth of crumbs moistened with some milk

Mix the meatball ingredients and make your desired size meatballs.  In 2 Tbs of canola oil, brown the meatballs on all sides.

Note: if you are making a lot of meatballs for a large crowd you can also substitute prepared frozen meatballs from the store and skip the homemade meatball step.  

 For the Grape Jelly Sauce:
1 cup of grape jelly
1/2 cup of ketchup
1/4 cup of soy sauce
1 Tbs of ginger garlic paste **
red chili flakes to taste
black pepper to taste

Note: **or 1/2 Tbs of each ginger and garlic separately.

 Cook the meatballs with the sauce ingredients on medium-low heat and allow to simmer in the sauce until it forms a glaze (at least 20 minutes).  Taste for seasoning.  If  you need more sweetness add more jelly, more salt add soy sauce. Serve with toothpicks for your guest to enjoy.

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