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Tapas Meatballs with Orange Glaze

Crisp on the outside, moist on the inside, these baked cheese-stuffed appetizers are drizzled with a tasty sweet-and-sour glaze. —Bonnie Stallings, Martinsburg, West Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    16 meatballs


  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 3 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2-1/2 ounces feta cheese, cut into sixteen 1/2-in. cubes
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) orange marmalade
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 3 green onions, chopped, divided
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped


  • In a large bowl, combine the first nine ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Divide into 16 portions; flatten. Top each with a cheese cube; form beef mixture around cheese into meatballs.
  • Place on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 400° until cooked through, 20-25 minutes. In a small saucepan, heat the marmalade, orange juice, half of the green onions and the jalapeno.
  • Place meatballs in a serving dish; pour glaze over the top and gently stir to coat. Garnish with remaining green onions.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled meatball mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Microwave, covered, on high in a microwave-safe dish until heated through, gently stirring and adding a little water if necessary. Meanwhile, combine and heat glaze ingredients as directed. Serve over meatballs.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 127 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 206mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • nadine55
    Dec 29, 2013

    Tasty. Needs more spice

  • KmMcK
    Jun 16, 2013

    No comment left

  • tamarachronister
    Jan 13, 2012

    I cook the meatballs in a fry pan until all the pink is gone, and they turn out moist.     Also, a way you could get around the jalapeno peppers is to buy several, wash, cut in half and take the seeds out.  Put them in the freezer, along with other things like green onions that have been chopped.   I do this with foods that I don't use that often.With the economy the way it is, I don't waste much of anything.   With extra onions, I sauteed a bag of them in olive oil and bagged and froze them also.   Great for soups!!   Shred zuchinni and freeze it - You can squeeze lemons and put the juice in the small ice cube trays and pop them out and put them in a baggie.   There's no limit to what you can store in small amounts .... it's so handy to be able to make a recipe at a moment's notice and have all the ingredients!!

  • tamarachronister
    Jan 13, 2012

    I tried it with half orange marmalade and half apricot preserves.    Didn't like it at all - it had no flavor.  Are you sure you made it according to the recipe.   

  • tamarachronister
    Jun 26, 2011

    I made this recipe for a pot luck, where there was tons of food. There was a lot of leftovers, but not one meatball to be found. We even had left over pizza!! This has become a regular in our house - and now friends are requesting it at gatherings!Excellent!

  • tamarachronister
    Apr 3, 2011

    Bonnie, I think this is a great recipe! I tried it with all orange marmalade and loved it. The next time I made it, I used the rest of the marmalade and some apricot jam - and it lost its tang. My husband and I love it - the suprise of feta cheese in the middle - wow, delicious!! I buy extra fresh jalapenos and wash, halve, deseed, and freeze them so I have them available all the time. Freezing seems to take a little of the bite out of them, and makes it just right. These are a regular at our house now. When my husband requests these, I know he really likes them!

  • chris and jenn
    Feb 19, 2011

    The orange marmalade was weird. If I ever made it again I would try apricot or something.

    Feb 16, 2011

    This actually isn't a bad recipe, but I found it rather dry. If you read the ingredients, you can see there's very little liquid in it. That being said, I might make it again by adding some milk or even some extra orange juice to the meat mixture. It's also inconvenient to make if you don't happen to have a single jalapeno pepper handy! I suppose you could use some from a small can of jalapenos, but then you would need another recipe to use the leftover peppers. Just my thoughts on the subject, but this could be a good recipe with a little "tweaking" here and there.

  • Missbugsolena2
    Feb 7, 2011

    Made these last night for the superbowl celebration...not good, I'm glad I had a lot of other choices.

  • gina_h
    Jan 1, 2011

    Very good!