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Surprise Meatball Skewers Recipe

Surprise Meatball Skewers Recipe

Meet the Cook: I still remember the first time I served these colorful kabobs - my family was thrilled to find a surprise in the tasty meatballs. Since I make them often, I sometimes substitute different vegetables or cheeses for variety. -Kristen Wondra, Hudson, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Grill: 20 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons apple juice
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 block (1-1/2 ounces) Monterey Jack cheese, cut into 12 cubes
  • 12 small mushrooms, stems removed
  • 1 medium green pepper, cut into pieces
  • 1 medium sweet yellow or red pepper, cut into pieces
  • 1 medium onion, cut into wedges


  • 1. In a saucepan, combine the first five ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5-7 minutes or until onion is tender and sauce is slightly thickened. Remove from the heat; set aside.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine the egg, bread crumbs, parsley, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Add beef and mix well. Divide into 12 portions. Place a cube of cheese in each mushroom cap; shape each meat portions round a mushroom.
  • 3. On six metal or soaked wooden skewers, alternate meatballs, peppers and onion wedges. Grill, uncovered, over medium heat for 3 minutes on each side.
  • 4. Grill 10-12 minutes longer or until meat juices run clear, turning occasionally. Brush with reserved glaze during the last 2 minutes. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 302 calories, 13 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 93 mg cholesterol, 417 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 20 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.