Serve these tender Cocktail Meatballs in Garlic Butter Sauce for an easy to prepare party appetizer that is sure to be a hit! Your guests won’t be able to get enough of this luxurious sauce for meatballs!
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Cocktail Meatballs in Garlic Butter Sauce make a great party appetizer not only because they are easy to prepare with the ingredients you have on hand, but more importantly, they taste great. Seriously, garlic butter is one of the best sauces for meatballs! You will probably want to make a double or triple batch to satisfy your guests.
How to Make Meatballs
There are a couple of tricks to making tender meatballs that don’t taste like tough, overcooked meat rocks. The obvious first consideration is the ingredients. Adding breadcrumbs, in particular, are important because they not only do they help hold moisture inside the meatball, but they also yield a more tender mouthfeel to the beef, allowing it to break apart more easily when eaten.
The second trick is not to overwork the meat. Pressing the meat hard with your hands in an attempt to combine it with other ingredients or form the balls will only serve to create an unappetizing dense ball of meat that is tough to chew. Instead, crumble the beef into smaller bits with your fingertips and gently mix with the other ingredients. When forming the balls, only apply as much pressure as is needed to create the shape and get everything to hold together. I think the ideal size of a cocktail meatball is slightly smaller than a golfball.
Finally, for easy cleanup, I recommend using these nonstick baking mats from Gourmet Boutique Chic. I love them because the meatballs don’t stick to them while baking and I can just through them in the dishwasher when done. No burnt on crud to try to scrape off the pan.
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Cocktail Meatballs in Garlic Butter Sauce
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 large egg
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1⁄4 cup butter
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tbsp flour
- 1 cup chicken broth
- Gently crumble the ground beef into small piece and add to large bowl.
- Add remaining meatball ingredients and gently combine everything together.
- Grab ~2tbsp (smaller than a golf ball) of the meatball mixture and use your hands to roll into a ball and place of baking sheet
- Place into oven preheated to 400 degrees for 15 minutes, or until cooked through. Though the time will vary depending on the size of the meatball.
- While the meatballs are baking melt butter in a saucepan and saute garlic for 1-2 minutes.
- Stir in flour and cook for an additional two minutes to cook out the flour taste, stirring continually.
- Finally, add chicken broth and bring to gentle boil.
- Cook until the sauce thickens to the consistency of gravy.
- Add meatballs to the sauce and keep warm in slow cooker as needed.
This recipe was originally published on FoxValleyFoodie.com November 20, 2015.
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