We have partnered up with Tastefully Simple to create a “game day” recipe for them using one of their delectable products. We wanted this recipe to be easy to make and more importantly, easy to eat! When we think of game day parties, it usually involves beer, chips and dip, and other junk food. But to really make an impression and feed your guests properly, it’s best to make some delicious appetizers that will mayyybe distract them from the game on TV. With the variety of unique sauces that Tastefully Simple supplied to us, we were most intrigued with the Bayou Bourbon Glaze. This savory brown sugar bourbon sauce has a hint of onions, garlic, and molasses, which is perfect to liven-up meats and fish. It’s both sweet and savory, which is similar to that of teriyaki sauce. So why did we choose to make meatballs? Well, it’s a classic ingredient in many dishes, like spaghetti and soup. It’s requires simple ingredients yet yields satisfying results. And to top it off with a special sauce, what more can you ask for?
Update: Check out our feature on Tastefully Simple’s Game Day Delights page: http://www.tastefullysimple.com/tryourrecipes/foodbloggers.aspx
Tastefully Simple sent us a package of sauces (as shown): Pomegranate Chipotle Sauce, Bayou Bourbon Glaze, and Merlot Sauce.
This simple meatball mixture is composed of: 1/2 lb ground beef, 1/2 lb ground pork, 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs, 1 egg, 1/3 cup shredded carrots, 1/3 cup grated onion, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp salt, and 1 tsp pepper. Mix it all up!
Now for the fun part--okay, more like the messy part. Shape the meatballs into 1 to 1.5-inch balls. We want them to be small enough so it's easy to pop in your mouth to eat.
What I like to do with my meatballs is brown them first in a skillet over medium heat. This helps brown up the sides and give it that nice texture. It should take about 3-5 minutes to brown up.
Transfer the meatballs to a parchment-lined baking sheet and brush on some Bayou Bourbon Glaze. If you don't have this, any other sauce or glaze that you like will work.
It looks nice and sticky! Now, place this tray into the oven at 425F for 8-10 minutes until cooked through. You can brush it again during the baking process.
Whether you pick up this meatball with a toothpick or a fork, you'll be sure to devour the bold flavors of the Bayou Boubon Glaze en-wrapped in a moist and tasty meatball. It's a great dish to serve as an appetizer for any event - especially "Game Day" parties! We all know how much the guys looove to eat meat!
To view or print-out this recipe, click here: Meatballs with Bayou Bourbon Glaze
So are you ready to find out what the December giveaway is?? No, it’s not the meatballs, sorry. We’re going to give away a package of the Tastefully Simple sauces shown above to one lucky reader! That way, you can come up with your own fun dishes, whether it’s just a simple dinner at home or an all-out party for the holidays. You’ll love the savory and enticing flavors of these sauces, and we hope that the winner will share their recipes with us!
To enter, leave a comment letting us know what sauce you’d like to try first and what you would make with it – can be as simple as just pouring over meat, or something creative and fun! Whatever you decide, we’re sure it will be a crowd pleaser with these sauces.
Thursday, December 23rd at 11:59PST. Sorry, contest is over!
The winner goes to Nancy Iland! Congratulations!
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