Spicy Cocktail Meatballs

[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

These tiny, spicy meatballs are perfect for the cocktail hour.

Spicy Cocktail Meatballs

About This Recipe

Yield:serves 15-20 (makes 60 meatballs)
Active time:35 minutes
Total time:1 hour 10 minutes
This recipe appears in: Serious Entertaining: Holiday Cocktail Nibbles


  • For The Meatballs:
  • 1 pound spicy sausage
  • 1 pound sweet sausage
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup Italian-style breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • For The Sauce:
  • 1 1/3 cups chili sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce


  1. 1

    Place spicy sausage, sweet sausage, eggs, breadcrumbs, sage, salt, and pepper in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until just blended.

  2. 2

    Remove mixture from food processor and roll into 1 inch balls, setting meatballs on a plate or baking sheet.

  3. 3

    Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add as many meatballs to pan as will fit in one layer and cook until browned on all sides, about 5-8 minutes. Remove meatballs with a slotted spoon and set aside. Drain fat from pan.

  4. 4

    Add remaining meatballs to pan and cook until browned on all sides. Drain fat from pan. Add first batch of meatballs back to pan.

  5. 5

    In a medium bowl, whisk together chili sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, and soy sauce.

  6. 6

    Add sauce to pan with meatballs. Cover and simmer for thirty minutes. Serve hot.


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