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Pirate Cannon Balls (meatballs)
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By Lori Ross  for Cooking Challenge Seven from Janet McLaughlin for a Pirate and the Sea Themed Birthday Party. 

Kids and adults alike adore cocktail meatballs in sauce.  Serve them with toothpick swords!

Meatballs (makes 30 meatballs)

1 lb ground beef 

1 lb ground pork 

½ cup minced onions 

½ cup minced celery 

1 ½ cup bread crumbs 

3-4 eggs 

Salt and black pepper to taste 

 

In a large mixing bowl, combine meats, onions, celery, salt, pepper and eggs. Using your hands, blend all ingredients.  Mix in bread crumbs. Shape mixture into 1-inch meatballs and sauté in 2-3 Tablespoons olive oil until nicely browned (or bake in oven at 325 degrees for 60 minutes).

While meatballs are cooking, make a sauce.  Place cooked meatballs in sauce and warm through; pour into covered casserole and serve with plastic sword toothpicks!

 

3 Sauces Kids Love:

 

Sweet and Spicy Sauce: Mix equal parts chili sauce and grape jelly (or other favorite jelly). Combine ingredients in pan, bring to a boil, stir in meatballs and cook for 10 minutes or so until meatballs are heated through

 

Sweet and Sour Sauce: Mix ½ cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cornstarch, 13 oz. can pineapple chunks, 1/3 cup vinegar, 1 teaspoon soy, 1 chopped green pepper. Combine all ingredients in pan, bring to a boil, stir in meatballs and cook 10 minutes.

 

Sweet and Smoky: Mix 2 cups ketchup, 1 ½ cup brown sugar, ½ cup minced onion, 1 teaspoon liquid smoke, ½ teaspoon garlic powder and 1/8 teaspoon cloves. . Combine all ingredients in pan, bring to a boil, stir in meatballs and cook 10 minutes.

 

Variations:   

Use frozen cocktail meatballs in place of homemade.  

Use your child’s favorite BBQ sauce or Marinara sauce instead of making sauces

Replace meatballs with cocktail franks and call them PIRATE DOGS!

Use already cooked meatless meatballs if you want a vegetarian dish. 

 






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