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Cocktail Meatballs

Cocktail Meatballs
Cook Time: 40 min
Servings 25

A holiday favorite re-created. These Cocktail Meatballs are a healthier version of the retro appetizer of long ago. These homemade Cocktail Meatballs will surely be a crowd-pleaser with a sweet, tangy, garlicky glaze paired with savory meatballs.

    For the meatballs
  • 1 pound grass-fed ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon Zesty Garlic Pluck seasoning
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 3/4 cups Simple Mills almond flour crackers, crushed
  • 1/4 cup organic whole milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried, chopped onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon black peppe
  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • For the glaze
  • 1/2 cup organic ketchup
  • 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Zesty Garlic Pluck seasoning
  • 1/8 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 tablespoons Worcestershire
  1. Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. 

  2. Step 2

    In a large mixing bowl, add the ground beef. 

  3. Step 3

    In a small mixing bowl, combine the whisked egg, crushed crackers, milk, onion, Pluck seasoning, pepper, and salt. Mash together with a fork.

    This recipe features Simple Mills almond flour crackers in place of bread. You can substitute in your favorite cracker here in equal amounts for the almond flour crackers.
  4. Step 4

    Add the mixture from the small mixing bowl to the ground beef. Mix with hands to incorporate.

  5. Step 5

    In a large saucepan, add the glaze ingredients. Stir to combine. Spoon out 3 tbsp. of combined glaze into the meatloaf mixture. 

  6. Step 6

    Using hands incorporate glaze into the meatloaf mixture. Using hands, form into 1.5-inch round meatballs. Place in a greased casserole dish. Pour half of the glaze over meatballs.

    These are cooked as mini meatballs for cocktail appetizers. You can also make these as larger sized meatballs; you would just need to adjust the cook time accordingly (more time in the oven).
  7. Step 7

    Bake for 30-35 minutes or until desired doneness. 

  8. Step 8

    While the meatballs are baking, turn the heat up on the remaining sauce to medium-high. Bring to a low boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

  9. Step 9

    Once meatballs are done, transfer to a serving dish and top with remaining glaze.