Cocktail Meatballs in Fruity Chutney Sauce
1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 pound ground pork
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin or allspice
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup Ocean Spray® Cran•Mango™ Cranberry Mango Juice Drink
9 ounces canned or homemade mango chutney
Pre-heat oven to 350ºF.
In a large bowl, combine beef, pork, egg, onion, garlic, cilantro, salt, pepper and cumin. Shape into 1-inch balls. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Brown meatballs in two batches, turning frequently, about 5 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to 2-quart casserole.
Drain excess fat from skillet if necessary; return to heat.** Add juice drink. Heat to boiling; cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until mixture is reduced by half. Remove from heat. Stir in chutney. Pour sauce over meatballs.*
Bake uncovered, 15 to 20 minutes, or until mixture is hot and bubbly. Stir before serving.
Makes about 48 meatballs.
*Meatballs can be prepared ahead to this point. Cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours. Increase bake time to 30 to 40 minutes.
**If desired, substitute frozen meatballs for the first 10 ingredients. Heat meatballs as directed on package; place in casserole. Continue making sauce as directed above.
Slow Cooker directions: Prepare as directed above, except place browned meatballs and sauce in 2 1/2- to 3-quart slow cooker. Cook on Low heat 2 to 3 hours. Stir before serving. Meatballs can be held up to 2 hours in uncovered slow cooker for serving. Stir frequently; stir in additional juice drink if liquid evaporates.
Serving Suggestion: Serve meatballs and sauce in mini cocktail glasses with a dollop of polenta or mashed potatoes.