Party Time Meatballs

Party Meatballs

Right now we are in the middle of the holiday season so be prepared with all sorts of tasty varieties for the occasions. Your occasions may range from a small group of family and friends to the big parties – with or without the football! Some gatherings are made for nothing but finger-foods while others have a small “offering” as the first course.

This recipe lets you decide on the size that works best for your gathering, however I’ve focused on an easy hot appetizer, one as convenient to make as many of its cold counterparts. Be creative with your dipping sauces as well as their containers. I like to hollow out vegetables as serving bowls when I can.

The meatball recipe I’m offering you is tasty without competing with your choice of sauces. Be sure to roll them in a size that matches your objective; small to just whet the appetite or to enjoy for the duration of the party and larger as your first course.

These also freeze well so plan ahead and enjoy the party!


1 ½ lbs ground beef
1 medium onion, minced
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1 tsp sweet paprika
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 egg, beaten
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper

Preheat your Grillet to 350º F.

Thoroughly mix all ingredients and gently shape into meatballs, about 1 ½” in diameter. While working in batches, saute the meatballs, turning every few minutes until nicely browned on all sides. Check for doneness.

Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.


1 cup sour cream
3 tbsp prepared horseradish
¼ tsp salt

Mix together until smooth and creamy. Place in refrigerator for at least an hour to allow flavors to meld.

1 cup Ketchup
3 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp cumin
2 tbsp chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp cider vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

In a saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring to a simmer and cook 5-8 minutes or until slightly thickened.


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