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
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.
• 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.