Meatballs might be one of the best kinds of food. They can be fancy appetizers all gussied up for a party, or comforting morsels of goodness atop a pile of spaghetti. They can be chicken, pork, beef, turkey, lamb, vegetarian…you get the idea. I love playing around with flavors and sauces too.
I wanted meatballs fit for my Golden Globes party this weekend. It needed to be an appetizer (however these are fantastic for dinner too), packed with flavor and beautiful for the glamorous crowd.
I chose chicken because it’s mild in flavor and on the lighter side. Cumin and orange are delightful together but not polarizing. I made a glossy, sweet and savory glaze to brush on at the end which takes these up a notch. Right to the place I wanted them. Red carpet ready!
The meatballs are easy to mix, scoop and roll. I bake them for simplicity and to save time. Line your pan with foil, then use a spring loaded scoop, like a cookie scoop to portion and make them all the same size.
A little pile of these are also great for family dinner. Kids will love the size and sweet flavors. Serve them with a salad or buttered rice or egg noodles for the little ones. I love a piece of crusty bread with them as well.
For a fancy party, serve them with picks on a platter or slate.
These tender meatballs are a little sweet and a little spiced. Perfect for dinner with a side salad, or serve them as appetizers at a party.
- 2 lbs lean ground chicken
- 1½ tsp ground cumin
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- ½ red onion, finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 3 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 2½ tsp kosher salt
- Zest of 1 orange
- ½ cup barbecue sauce
- ½ cup orange marmalade
- Heat oven to 400ºF and line a baking sheet with foil. Mix together all the ingredients except the barbecue sauce and marmalade. Form mixture into 1 ¼ - inch balls and place on baking sheet.
- Cook meatballs until done, about 20 minutes. Mix together the barbecue sauce and marmalade and brush on meatballs while still hot. Serve garnished with extra chopped parsley.
Recipe, Photo and Food Styling Tara Bench