Sweet Balls of Fire

October 2007
Sweet Balls of Fire

by 10 people

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Guests will gobble up these spicy bite-size meatballs.

Makes: 12 servings

Prep: 15 mins

Cook: 25 mins

  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup peach preserves
  • 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees . In a large bowl, combine the eggs, chicken broth, bread crumbs, parmesan, parsley, salt and pepper. Mix in the ground beef and form into 1-inch meatballs.
  2. In a large, heavy skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-low heat. Add one-third of the meatballs and fry, stirring occasionally, until browned and cooked through, about 8 minutes. Drain on a paper-towel-lined plate; keep warm in the oven. Repeat with the remaining meatballs, adding a tablespoon of oil for each batch.
  3. In a food processor, puree the chili sauce, peach preserves and hot sauce. Transfer to a large microwaveable bowl and warm in the microwave. Add the meatballs and toss to coat; serve with toothpicks.