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Spicy Apple-Glazed Meatballs

Makes: 12 servings
Serving size: 4 meatballs each Yield: 12 appetizer servings
Prep 20 mins Stand 10 mins Cook 12 mins
Spicy Apple-Glazed Meatballs
Ingredients
  • Spicy Meatballs
  • 1  egg
  • 1/4  cup  milk
  • 2  slices  white or whole-wheat bread, torn
  • 1  pound  85% lean ground beef
  • 4  cloves  garlic, minced
  • 1/2  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  cayenne pepper
  • 1  tablespoon  vegetable oil
  • Apple Glaze
  • 1  cup  apple juice or pear nectar
  • 1/4  reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3  tablespoons  packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  cornstarch
  • 1  teaspoon  ground ginger
  • 1/4  teaspoon  cayenne pepper
  • 6  green onions, chopped
Directions

1. For Spicy Meatballs, in a large bowl whisk together egg and milk. Add bread. Let stand 10 minutes, just until bread is softened. Add beef, garlic, black pepper, salt, and cayenne pepper. Mix thoroughly with hands or wooden spoon. Shape beef mixture in 48 one-inch meatballs.

2. In a 12-inch skillet heat oil over medium heat. Cook meatballs, half at a time, about 6 minutes per batch, turning occasionally until brown and crusty on outside and no longer pink inside. Transfer meatballs to a covered dish; cover to keep warm. Drain fat from skillet; wipe out skillet.

3. For Apple Glaze, in a small bowl combine apple juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, cornstarch, ginger, and cayenne pepper. In same skillet as meatballs were cooked, cook and stir juice mixture until thickened and bubbly (at full boil). Cook and stir 2 minutes more. Return meatballs to skillet to heat through and coat with sauce. Transfer glazed meatballs a serving dish. Top with green onions.

Nutrition Facts (Spicy Apple-Glazed Meatballs)
  • Servings Per Recipe 12,
  • cal. (kcal) 143,
  • Fat, total (g) 8,
  • chol. (mg) 42,
  • sat. fat (g) 3,
  • carb. (g) 10,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 3,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 0,
  • fiber (g) 0,
  • sugar (g) 6,
  • pro. (g) 9,
  • vit. A (IU) 146,
  • vit. C (mg) 2,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 2,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 16,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 1,
  • sodium (mg) 297,
  • Potassium (mg) 184,
  • calcium (mg) 40,
  • iron (mg) 1,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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