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Creole Meatballs

Enjoy these Creole-style spicy ground beef meatball appetizers that are baked using Progresso® Italian Style Bread Crumbs in even less than an hour!

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  • prep time 50 min
  • total time
  • ingredients 16
  • servings 48
 

Ingredients

Meatballs

1
egg
1 1/2
lb. lean ground beef
1/2
cup Progresso® Italian Style Bread Crumbs
1/4
cup chopped onion
1/4
cup chopped green bell pepper
3/4
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon celery salt
1/8
teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
1
(15-oz.) can tomato sauce

Sauce

2
tablespoons oil
2
tablespoons all-purpose flour
2
tablespoons currant jelly
1
teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2
teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/4
teaspoon garlic salt
1/8
teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)

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Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 400°F. Beat egg in large bowl. Add ground beef, bread crumbs, onion, bell pepper, salt, celery salt, 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper and 2 tablespoons of the tomato sauce; mix well. Shape mixture into 48 (1 1/4-inch) meatballs, using about 1 tablespoon mixture for each. Place in ungreased 15x10x1-inch baking pan.
  • 2 Bake at 400°F. for 15 to 20 minutes or until thoroughly cooked and no longer pink in center.
  • 3 Meanwhile, heat oil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat until hot. With wire whisk, stir in flour; cook and stir until mixture turns a deep, rich brown color. Stir in remaining tomato sauce and all remaining sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil. Cook an additional minute, stirring constantly.
  • 4 Add cooked meatballs to sauce; stir gently to coat. Serve with cocktail toothpicks.
  • 1 Heat oven to 400°F. Beat egg in large bowl. Add ground beef, bread crumbs, onion, bell pepper, salt, celery salt, 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper and 2 tablespoons of the tomato sauce; mix well. Shape mixture into 48 (1 1/4-inch) meatballs, using about 1 tablespoon mixture for each. Place in ungreased 15x10x1-inch baking pan.
  • 2 Bake at 400°F. for 15 to 20 minutes or until thoroughly cooked and no longer pink in center.
  • 3 Meanwhile, heat oil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat until hot. With wire whisk, stir in flour; cook and stir until mixture turns a deep, rich brown color. Stir in remaining tomato sauce and all remaining sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil. Cook an additional minute, stirring constantly.
  • 4 Add cooked meatballs to sauce; stir gently to coat. Serve with cocktail toothpicks.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Cajun cooking combines French and Southern flavors and cooking methods. Creole cooking, an African-Spanish-French medley, calls for more tomatoes, butter and cream, but less spices than Cajun cooking.

Prepare the recipe, transfer the meatballs and sauces to a baking dish and cool. Cover and refrigerate for up to a day. To serve, heat it in a 350°F. oven or transfer it to a saucepan and heat it gently over low until it is hot. Either method takes about 10 minutes.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
45
(
Calories from Fat
25),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
3g
3%
(Saturated Fat
1g,
1%
),
Cholesterol
10mg
10%;
Sodium
130mg
130%;
Total Carbohydrate
2g
2%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
1g
1%
),
Protein
3g
3%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
2%;
Exchanges:
1/2 High-Fat Meat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.