Sweet And Spicy Meatballs

This in one very simple dish. It is moist, flavorful and easy to make. My kids love making this because it is easy for them to make and it is fun for them also.  Here is what you will need:

 

1/2 c. Oats ( pulse them in a food processor to a coarse meal texture)

2 Green Onions, Diced fine

3/4 Tsp. Salt

1/2 Tsp. pepper

1/2 Tsp. Seasoned Salt

2/3 c. Milk ( you can use low-fat or 2%)

1/2 Tsp. Worcestershire Sauce

1 lb. Ground Beef. ( if you do not want to use Beef Then Ground Turkey or Chicken is fine just use 2 lb instead of 1 lb)

 

(1.) In a large bowl combine the Ground Oats, Onions, Salt, Pepper, Seasoned Salt, Milk and Worcestershire Sauce with a spoon.

(2.) Add in the Ground Meat and mix together using your hands. This insures that you do not over mix the meat and make it tough. Now when it is combined  scoop out some of the mixture using a 1/2 in ice cream scoop. Shape in to a ball and place on to a sheet pan or a plate. Put in the freezer for 30 minutes. This will help them firm up and hold their shape.

(3.) Place a large skillet over medium low heat and add 3 Tbsp of Olive oil Or Vegetable Oil.  Place 1/2 cup of All-Purpose flour into a bowl and take a meat ball and roll in the flour and place into the pan. Brown a few of them on both sides and place into a baking dish with 2 inch sides. Keep doing this until all of them are browned and in the pan. Set aside.

(4.) In a bowl combine:

 

2 c. Crushed Tomatoes

1/2 c. Ketchup

2 Tbsp. Sweet Chili Sauce

1 Chipotle Pepper, seeded and minced ( keep the seeds in if you want it extra spicy)

1 Tbsp. Red Onion, Finely minced

2 Tbsp. Regular White Vinegar

1 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce

3 Tbsp. Brown Sugar

1/2 Tsp. Salt

1/2 Tsp. Pepper

 Mix this together until the brown sugar is dissolved. Pour the mixture over the Meatballs and spread out evenly. Place in a 350* oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes.  The sauce will be a little brown on top and bubbly. Remove from oven and let rest for about 5 to 10 minutes.

 

I like to serve these as is or tossed with pasta for a different take. You can omit the Chipotle Peppers if you do not want it spicy. Sometimes I do that as well if the mood strikes. I also like to serve them in a halved ciabata rolls with a slice of provolone cheese to make delicious sandwiches. How ever you make these every one will enjoy them, they are delicious.

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