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Friday, February 22, 2013

Frugal Foodie Friday - Glazed Sweet and Spicy Meatballs




From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...These meatballs were originally featured as an appetizer in Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Over time, at least in my kitchen, they have morphed into a main course that works really well for a family dinner, especially when there are children at the table. The meatballs are glazed with a sauce that is both sweet and hot. The sweetness comes from a reduction of apple juice and brown sugar, while the heat, which you can regulate, comes from a sparing use of cayenne pepper. While this dish is inexpensive to prepare, the ingredients needed to make it were too costly for it to be included in our SNAP challenge menus. It is, nonetheless, a bargain meal, so I wanted to include it as a Frugal Friday feature. We are well past the stage where apple juice is stocked in our fridge, but because I use it in my cooking, I do keep juice concentrate in the freezer and measure out the quantity I need to reconstitute for the recipe at hand. It helps control costs and waste and assures I'll always have the juice when I need it. The meatballs are wonderful and should the sweet glaze not be to your liking, they lend themselves to a variety of other sauces. You can have this dish on the table in 30 minutes. I serve it with rice or noodles and a small green salad. I hope you'll give this recipe a try. Here is how the Sweet and Spicy Meatballs are made.

Glazed Sweet and Spicy Meatballs...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

Ingredients:
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
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Apple Glaze
1 cup apple juice or pear nectar
1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 to 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
6 green onions, chopped

Directions:
1) For Spicy Meatballs: Whisk egg and milk together in a large bowl. 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 into 24 meal-size or 48 appetizer-size meatballs.
2) Heat oil in a 12-inch skillet set 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 dish; cover to keep warm. Drain fat from skillet and wipe it out.
3) For Apple Glaze: Combine apple juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, cornstarch, ginger, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Pour into skillet in which meatballs were browned. Cook, stirring, until mixture thickens and bubbles. Cook at full boil for about 2 minutes, or until syrupy bubbles form on the surface. Return meatballs to skillet to heat through and coat with sauce. Transfer glazed meatballs a serving dish. Top with green onions. Serve with rice or noodles. Yield: 12 appetizer or 6 dinner servings.









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14 comments :

Ginny said...

These look like very fancy meatballs. I used to make some with...gosh I can hardly remember, it was some kind of fruit juice and maybe coke? It was really popular at the time.

Alicia said...

Hi Mary! I've been AWOL for a while, just busy but I've missed reading your blog posts.

My family loves any type of meatball! In fact just last night I made a big pot of Mexican Albondigas and they ate it all up.

I will have to try this one, it's interesting how you soak the bread in the egg and milk mixture, Hmmm, different! And I love anything spicy! Thanks so much for sharing!

Guru Uru said...

Your photos look utterly incredible my friend, lovely job :D

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

Ratolinha said...

Que maravilhoso prato. Gostei imenso!
beijo

Gin said...

Oops. How much reduced sodium soy sauce?? :)

Kim G. said...

I'm sure I wou;d love these meatballs even as appetizer! Have a nice weekend Mary!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

We love spicy and sweet! ;) blessings ~ tanna

Jenn said...

These look and sound really good. I like the idea of using the juice concentrate too... great way to not waste juice, which I tend to do from time to time.

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We Are Not Martha said...

I wish I had these for lunch right now! To die for!

Sues

mutfak gazetesi said...

fotoğraf muhteşem. köfteler de çok güzel görünüyor. tadı da öyle olmalı.

David said...

Mary, Meatballs are a favorite of mine and I really appreciate this recipe for meatballs that are glazed sweet and spicy...as it give us yet another way to prepare and serve them! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

teresa said...

the glaze looks amazing, i love meatballs!

Tricia @ saving room for dessert said...

The glaze sounds wonderful. They look really tasty too. Have a great weekend Mary!

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