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Baked Sweet and Saucy Meatballs

Baked Sweet and Savory MeatballsSo remember how I said in my last post that spring was here? Forget what I said. Pretend it didn’t happen. I’m trying to put it out of my mind because I got my hopes up too soon and forgot about how a Utah spring can look like the dead of winter some days. Take yesterday, for instance. DUMPED snow where I live. But then I went to work (about an hour away) where it was clear. That brightened my day. Until it DUMPED there, too.

IMG_4776See what I mean? YUCK!

But it’s okay, my friends. When I have delicious comfort food like these Baked Sweet and Saucy Meatballs to comfort me, it could be dumping down blizzardy blankets of snow and I wouldn’t care.

For these babies, I adjusted my favorite meatloaf recipe to make meatballs because I absolutely love the sauce. In fact, the reason I bake them in muffin tins is so that they can cook in the yummy sauce. The result? Incredibly juicy, sweet and savory meatballs that are delicious on a bed of rice.

Baked Sweet and Saucy Meatballs
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Recipe type: Main dish, ground beef
Serves: 6 servings
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • 2 cloves (2 tsp) garlic, minced
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 18 muffin tins with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the brown sugar, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients until fully incorporated (I just used my hands to "knead" the ingredients into the ground beef).
  4. Scoop ½ Tbsp of brown sugar sauce into bottom of each muffin tin, setting aside the remaining sauce.
  5. Using a cookie scoop, scoop ground beef into balls, rolling them in your hands to make sure they'll stay together. Put each ball in a muffin tin.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, scoop 1 tsp of remaining sauce onto each meatball and set oven to broil. Set aside remaining sauce.
  7. Bake meatballs for 3 minutes more. Remove from oven.
  8. Microwave remaining sauce for about 40 seconds or until warm. Serve remaining sauce with meatballs and drizzle sauce from muffin cups onto meatballs if desired.

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