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Meatballs in Plum Sauce

A tasty sauce made of plum jam and chili sauce coats these moist meatballs beautifully. Make sure these delightful appetizers are on your holiday menus. —Mary Poninski, Whittington, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 50 min. + standing Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 pound ground veal
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup plum jam
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce

Directions

  • In a large bowl, pour milk over bread crumbs; let stand for 10 minutes. Add egg, Worcestershire sauce, onion, salt, pepper and cloves. Crumble beef, pork and veal over mixture and mix well (mixture will be soft). Shape into 1-in. balls.
  • In a large skillet, brown meatballs in oil in batches. Drain on paper towels. Place in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  • In a small bowl, dissolve bouillon in water. Stir flour into pan drippings until blended; add the bouillon mixture, jam and chili sauce. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Pour over meatballs.
  • Cover and bake at 350° for 30-45 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and sauce is bubbly.
Editor's Note
To make soft bread crumbs, tear bread into pieces and place in a food processor or blender. Cover and pulse until crumbs form. One slice of bread yields 1/2 to 3/4 cup crumbs.
Nutrition Facts
1 meatball: 77 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 105mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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