Spicy Cocktail Meatballs2013-02-05
For the meatballs:
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 cup plain bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
- 2 eggs
- 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons adobe sauce (from can of chipotle peppers in adobo)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
For the sauce:
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 cup finely chopped onion
- 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 cups ketchup
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
To make the meatballs: In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients, except the canola oil. Shape heaping teaspoons of the mixture into 1-inch balls. In a Dutch oven, heat a tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches, wiping pan in between, saute the meatballs, turning frequently for even browning, until cooked through, about 4 to 5 minutes. Place on a paper towel-lined plate.
To make the sauce:
Heat oil in the same Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onions and saute until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Add the crushed red pepper and cook 1 minute. Stir in the remaining ingredients and reduce heat to low.
Add the browned meatballs to the Dutch oven and toss gently to coat with sauce.