Tonight we went to dinner at a friend's house, and we all brought appetizers. One friend brought a bean and guacamole dip and chips, which was absolutely amazing. Another friend brought beet hummus, which also was spectacular. The host made homemade bread (which I was unable to eat) and an almond,honey,chocolate mixture to spread on the bread. This was so amazing that I ate it by the spoonful. I hope that they will share that recipe soon, so I can share it with all of you.
As you can tell, the people that come to this dinner are very good cooks. So, I have to try to keep up with their culinary expertise. When I am unsure about what to make, I think about some of the recipes my mother made as a child. One of the appetizers I remember fondly was cocktail meatballs. My mother brought it to parties and served it with toothpicks. It was always fun eating something with toothpicks. I remember that I always had to grab some of these early, because there were never any left. So, I decided to make it for tonight. I adapted the recipe my mother made when I was younger to make it gluten free.
1lb ground beef
1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 small onion, grated or 2 tbsp dried minced onion
3/4 tsp salt
Dash of pepper
1/2 tsp oregano
1 can jellied cranberry sauce
3/4 cup Heinz chili sauce
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp lemon juice
Combine the ground beef, egg, almond flour, grated onion, salt, pepper, and oregano. Then mix everything together well using your hands. Form the mixture into 1-inch balls. You should get between 25-30 meatballs.
In a skillet, combine the cranberry sauce, chili sauce, brown sugar, and lemon juice. Simmer it on low until it is a smooth consistency, stirring constantly. Add meatballs gently and simmer for 1 hour. Then serve.
Tonight I decided that 1lb of ground beef was not enough to bring to our dinner, so I tripled this recipe. No, this is not a typo. I made 3lbs of meatballs, but we took home only roughly 5 meatballs. So, I would say that this recipe was a huge success.
Cook's Notes: This recipe can also be made using a crockpot. You combine the meat make the meatballs the same way I stated above, however you place them in the crockpot. Then you mix the cranberry sauce, chili sauce, brown sugar, and lemon juice in a skillet. Stir it constantly until the mixture is smooth. Then pour it over meatballs and cook it on low for 4-5 hours. It is just as delicious cooking it this way, so do what is easier for you and your family.
I hope you enjoy making it to bring to an appetizer party or for a fun dinner of appetizers at home.