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Hearty Party Meatballs

 Hearty Party Meatballs
This flavorful, filling appetizer is similar to Swedish meatballs. They always disappear when I make them for parties.
8 ServingsPrep: 45 min. Bake: 40 min.

Ingredients

  • 4 bacon strips, diced
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • Dash pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 medium onions, sliced and separated into rings
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (12 ounces) beer or 1-1/2 cups beef broth
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon browning sauce, optional

Directions

  • In a small skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp; remove
  • to paper towels. Drain, reserving drippings. In a small bowl,
  • dissolve bouillon in boiling water. In a large bowl, combine the
  • egg, 1/4 cup of bouillon, bread crumbs, 1/4 teaspoon salt and
  • pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in.
  • balls.
  • In a large skillet, brown meatballs in 1 tablespoon of reserved bacon

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Hearty Party Meatballs (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • drippings; drain. With a slotted spoon, transfer to a greased 11-in.
  • x 7-in. baking dish. In the same skillet, saute onions until tender;
  • drain. Place over meatballs.
  • In a saucepan. combine flour and 2 tablespoons or reserved drippings
  • until smooth. Gradually stir in beer or broth and remaining
  • bouillon. Add the brown sugar, vinegar, thyme and remaining salt.
  • Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Stir in browning sauce if desired. Pour over meatballs. Cover and
  • bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.
  • Sprinkle with bacon. Yield: 2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (3 each) equals 225 calories, 12 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 69 mg cholesterol, 566 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 14 g protein.