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Ground beef has to be one of the most versatile meat products on the
market. Sure, it’s great for casseroles, hamburgers, spaghetti sauces,
you name it. But if you are anything like me, you have opened your
pantry, had the blank “what’s for dinner” stare, and been left
completely numb as to what to turn that ground beef into. This recipe is a mix of two southern styles of cooking that can actually be very
similar in many ways - Cajun and Southwestern. It is easy enough to
make for a entrée and can be used as a simple appetizer.
Check out more great
Beef Recipes using various cuts of beef.
Sweet and Spicy Mini Meatballs Recipe
Yields: serves many
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 30 min
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef (hamburger)
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs*
2 tablespoons red chile flakes
1/8 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup honey
14 cup soy sauce
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
Cooked Rice (optional - see below)
* Learn how to
Make Homemade Bread Crumbs.
Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Grease a large baking sheet.
In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, chile flakes, and salt.
To make uniform meatballs, pat out the entire meat mixture into a rectangular
shape and score the mixture into equal squares of the size desired for
the meatballs. Roll each of these “squares” into a ball and place onto
the prepared baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes
or until there is no pink in the center of the meatballs.
While the meatballs are baking, start the over medium heat, heat the butter and olive oil. Add the minced garlic
and sauté until the garlic becomes translucent. Stir in the honey, soy sauce, and tomato sauce; mixing well. Bring just to a low boil and then lower the heat to simmer.
When the meatballs are cooked, remove from oven, and then from the baking sheet. Add the cooked meatballs to the sauce mixture; gently stir to coat the
meatballs well. Allow the meatballs to simmer over low heat for approximately 15 minutes.
You are now ready to serve these delicious meatballs! You have a choice to serve over the rice or to use an appetizer:
- To serve over rice: In a medium saucepan, bring
two (2) cups of water, 1 cup of rice, and 1/8 teaspoon of salt just
to a boil; then turn heat to low and cover. Let simmer approximately
20 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. Serve the meatballs
and sauce over the rice.
- Appetizer: Serve the mini meatballs with serving
picks as an appetizer.