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Recipe: mini meatball appetizers with apricot dipping sauce

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Mini meatball appetizers with apricot dipping sauce serving suggestion

mini meatball appetizers with apricot dipping sauce

Bump up your meatball mojo. Gently form this tried-and-true blend into bite-sized balls, then broil and slather in a spicy, sweet and too-good-to-be-so-simple sauce.


  • 1 pounds Ground Beef (96% lean)
  • 1/4 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
  • 2 egg whites or 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 3/4 cup barbucue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard


  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Combine Ground Beef, bread crumbs, egg whites, water, salt and pepper in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape into thirty-six 1-1/4-inch meatballs. Place on rack in broiler pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake in 400°F oven 15 to 17 minutes.

    Cook's Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground Beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness.

  2. Meanwhile, heat preserves, barbecue sauce and mustard in medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil; reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally or until sauce thickens slightly.
  3. Add cooked meatballs and continue to cook 2 to 3 minutes or until meatballs are heated through, stirring occasionally. Serve or keep warm in slow cooker (see tip below).

    Cook's Tip: To keep meatballs warm, place in 2-1/2-quart slow cooker set on LOW. Keep covered to maintain heat. Meatballs can be held up to 2-1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition information per serving: 45 Calories; 1g Total Fat; 0g Saturated Fat; 0g Monounsaturated Fat; 7mg Cholesterol; 126mg Sodium; 7g Total carbohydrate; 3g Protein; 0.3mg Iron; 0.7mg Niacin; 0mg Vitamin B6; 9.1mg Choline; 0.2mcg Vitamin B12; 0.6mg Zinc; 2.6mcg Selenium; 0.1g Fiber.