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Beef Meatballs & Picante Glaze

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  • prep time: 10 min
  • total time: 45 min
  • serves: 20 people
  • calories: 89 1 serving

Great for cocktail parties, casual get-togethers or anytime, these baked meatballs are especially easy to make...and the glaze is so good, it makes them hard to resist.

Ingredients

cost per recipe: $5.36

  • 1 pound 80% lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup plain dry bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) Pace® Picante Sauce
  • 1/3 cup grape jelly
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

Instructions

  • Tips

    • Make-Ahead:  The meatballs can be prepared and baked up to 1 day in advance and stored in the refrigerator.  Before serving, prepare the picante-jelly mixture and add the meatballs to the skillet.  Cook until the meatballs are hot, stirring occasionally.
  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 375°F.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. 

  • Step 2

    Thoroughly mix the beef, bread crumbs, egg, garlic and 1/4 cup picante sauce in a large bowl.  Shape the mixture firmly into 40 (1-inch) meatballs.  Place the meatballs onto the baking sheet.

  • Step 3

    Bake for 15 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through, turning them over once halfway through the bake time.

  • Step 4

    Heat the remaining picante sauce and jelly in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low.  Cook for 15 minutes or until the mixture is reduced to 1 cup.  Stir in the thyme, if desired.

  • Step 5

    Add the meatballs to the skillet and cook until the meatballs are hot, stirring occasionally.  Serve the meatballs on toothpicks.

Reviews

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  • Beef Meatballs & Picante Glaze

    nancy k.
    January 5, 2017

    Easy to make and everyone enjoyed them. When company is coming, I make the meatballs a day ahead. Very stress-free

  • Popular Appetizer

    SandyR
    December 30, 2015

    These are delicious. I made one minor change-I cheated and used pre-made cocktail meatballs and added the sauce. I also put them in a crock-pot to keep warm. Everyone wanted the recipe.

  • AWESOME

    jean72
    January 10, 2015

    Awesome and really easy to prepare!

  • THESE WERE GREAT!

    Kandi C.
    October 19, 2013

    My husband is diabetic and my son had gastric bypass surgery so I made some adjustments and these were GREAT!!!
    I used ground chicken breast instead of beef, added salt, pepper, onion powder, 1/3 cup bread crumbs instead of 1/4 cup and a hot cajun seasoning to meat mixture. I also used sugar free red raspberry preserves instead of grape & added 1T of Splenda. Using an extra small ice cream scoop makes it easier and cleaner to make the meatballs.
    These adjustments makes this recipe MUCH healthier w/less sugar, fat, & calories!
    Texas Gal 1st

  • Everyone loves these meatballs.

    Onetime
    January 1, 2013

    This recipe is easy. I was skeptical of the grape jelly but the sauce is great. Put sauce and meatballs in a crock pot and keep them hot through the night. Make extra, they will eat more than 2.

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    Made With

    Calories 89
    Total Fat 4 g
    Sat. Fat 1.8 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 25 mg
    Sodium 208 mg
    Total Carb 6 g
    Dietary Fiber 0 g
    Sugar 3 g
    Added Sugars 0 g
    Protein 4 g
    Vitamin D 1 %DV
    Calcium 1 %DV
    Iron 2 %DV
    Potassium 2 %DV

    This nutritional information refers to each serving of the entire recipe and not just the products used as ingredients.