Spicy Cocktail Meatballs

Photo by Alex J.

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

--

minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

Ingredients

  • For the meatballs:

  • 1

    pound ground beef

  • 1

    pound ground pork

  • 1

    cup plain bread crumbs

  • 1/2

    cup milk

  • 1/2

    cup finely chopped onion

  • 2

    eggs

  • 1

    chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped

  • 2

    tablespoons adobe sauce (from can of chipotle peppers in adobo)

  • 1 1/2

    teaspoons salt

  • 1

    tablespoon canola oil

  • For the sauce:

  • 2

    tablespoons canola oil

  • 1

    cup finely chopped onion

  • 2

    teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes

  • 2

    cups ketchup

  • 1/4

    cup brown sugar

  • 2

    tablespoons red wine vinegar

Directions

To make the meatballs: In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients, except the canola oil. Shape heaping teaspoons of the mixture into 1-inch balls. In a Dutch oven, heat a tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches, wiping pan in between, saute the meatballs, turning frequently for even browning, until cooked through, about 4 to 5 minutes. Place on a paper towel-lined plate. To make the sauce: Heat oil in the same Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onions and saute until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Add the crushed red pepper and cook 1 minute. Stir in the remaining ingredients and reduce heat to low. Add the browned meatballs to the Dutch oven and toss gently to coat with sauce.

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