My aunt gave this recipe to me years and years ago and I dedicate this post to her. The only change I had to make to it was to use gluten free bread crumbs. Delicious doesn't even begin to cover it. There are many ingredients each vital to the magnificent results. These meatballs are a crowd pleaser but you might just want to keep a few for yourself for later. I make these meatballs primarily for special occasions including Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, birthdays, Superbowl parties, etc...
1 lb. ground beef (ground chuck works well)
2 eggs well beaten
3/4 cup gluten free bread crumbs (I have used Pamela's bread machine bread and Schar premade crumbs)
2 tbsp. finely chopped onion
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. prepared horseradish
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp. hot sauce
2-3 Tbsp. butter
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup chili sauce
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3 Tbsp. cider vinegar
2 Tbsp. finely chopped onion
1Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. pepper
4 drops hot sauce
chopped green onion (optional)
Combine first eight (Meatball) ingredients, mix well and shape into 1" balls. Saute meatballs in butter until browned, drain on paper towels, set aside.
Combine Sauce ingredients in a large sauce pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Add meatballs and simmer for an additional 10 minutes. Garnish with chopped green onions.
Keep meatballs warm in a chaffing dish if you have one. I don't have one, but have never had any problem just putting them in a serving bowl. Enjoy!
I love life and I love food. It is not surprising that as an adult I am writing about food. My favorite childhood books were about gigantic food, "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs", by Judi Barrett and "The Giant Jam Sandwich", by John Vernon Lord and Janet Burroway. Being diagnosed with celiac disease merely channeled what type of food I write about. Come join me on a gluten free adventure, and let's celebrate everything Gluten Free and You!
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