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Walnut Balls

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.

Makes

8 servings

Most of my family members don't eat meat, so I've made these appetizers for special occasions ever since a friend shared the recipe with me. The moist bites and tangy sauce are always well received. —Bonnie Young, Desert Hot Springs, California
Walnut Balls Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups finely crushed reduced-sodium saltine crackers
  • 3/4 cup ground walnuts
  • 3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • APRICOT BARBECUE SAUCE:
  • 3/4 cup apricot spreadable fruit
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the first 7 ingredients. Stir in the crackers, walnuts and cheese. Coat hands with cooking spray; shape mixture into 1-in. balls. Place in a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil. Pour over walnut balls. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°.

Nutrition Facts

4 pieces: 265 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 585mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.

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