Monday, December 1, 2014

Holiday Pleasers:Sweet & Spicy Meatballs

We had such a wonderful Thanksgiving party this year & got to eat a lot of tasty food as we relaxed with friends. One thing, all the adults raved about was the sweet & spicy Apricot Apple meatballs we made. They have  a refreshing & unexpected mix of flavors that is bound to please even the toughest of critics:){Or so the hubby says}. So I wanted to share the recipe with you as part of a collaboration with #CollectiveBias & its advertisers. I hope you enjoy it! #Seasoned Greetings!#ad
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! The hubby had a few days off last week, so it felt like we were on vacation all week. It was splendid! And gave me plenty of time to comfortably plan our Thanksgiving party.

Whenever we host a party, I always try to incorporate a new recipe into the mix. I usually just combine things that I know will go well together & then add a little twist to it. Such was the case with this Apricot Apple sweet & spicy meatball recipe. 
I made a mild version & one with a little more heat, so everyone could enjoy it. I really loved the rich flavors from the apple & apricot combined with the cheeses & hot sauce!

I am a huge hot sauce fan, so my pantries are usually stocked with a variety of my favorites, Tabasco is definitely one of them. And it was this hot sauce I used to balance the sweetness of this appetizer. 
Here is a peek at a portion of our spread of food. 
These Coconut mini pumpkin pies were amazing! This was our first try at the mini pumpkin pies & they were a hit. I actually preferred these to the traditional size. We made these with coconut oil rather than shortening & the crust came out fabulous! Next year we will probably only make this smaller selection. They were so good!
Apple Apricot Sweet & Spicy Meatballs Recipe

  • Ingredients:
  • Meatball mixture:
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 small onion, grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese {shredded}
  • 1 pound ground turkey meat
  • 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoon Tabasco{Red, Original flavor}
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Knorr Chicken Seasoning 
  • 1 teaspoon steak seasoning 
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin 
  • For the Apple Apricot Glaze:
  • 1 large apple, pureed{In food Processor}
  • 3/4 cup Apricot Jam
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 garlic clove{minced}
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    Instructions:
  • 1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment or greased foil.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for the meatballs. Roll meat mixture into 1-inch meatballs and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden and cooked through. 
  • 3. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. While the meatballs are cooking, in a food processor, pulse together the Apple, honey, garlic, jam. 
  • 4. Pour mixture into a medium sauce pan & throw in a few more dashes of Tabasco. Bring to a simmer and cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture begins to looks slightly thick. 
  • 5. Remove from heat and stir in butter. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place a toothpick into each meatball and dip into Apricot-Apple Glaze.
  • 6.Then serve warm and enjoy!If you give this recipe a try, be sure to let me know how you liked it:)! 

  • We will definitely be making these again for Christmas! 

  • What is your go-to appetizers for family gatherings?
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