Honey Garlic-Glazed Meatballs

These meatballs are absolutely the most tender meatballs I have ever eaten. Ketchup, soy sauce, honey and garlic come together in a great union to make a perfect complement for these moist and tender little morsels of beef. My mom found this recipe many years ago in a Taste of Home magazine, and we’ve been making them ever since. Expect to be wowed and to get rave reviews and recipe requests from all your guests.

Yields: 60-63 small meatballs

Ingredients:

Meatballs:

2 lbs ground beef

1 cup fresh breadcrumbs

3/4 cup milk

1 onion, finely minced

2 eggs

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon pepper

Sauce:

1/2 Tablespoon butter

2-4 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 cup honey

3/4 cup ketchup

1/4 cup soy sauce

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two rimmed baking sheets with aluminum foil.

Soak the breadcrumbs in the milk until all the milk is absorbed by the bread. Combine all the ingredients for the meatballs together. IMG_6551Form small meatballs, about 1 Tablespoon each and place on prepared baking sheets. IMG_6556Bake for 12-14 min. IMG_6561 (550x359)Meanwhile, make the sauce. In a medium pot or large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook about 30 seconds. Add the rest of the ingredients. Simmer for about 5 min. IMG_6571Add the meatballs to the sauce and cook for about 7 min, until cooked through. IMG_6574

Make Ahead:

This is a great recipe to make ahead. Bake the meatballs ahead of time. Store in the refrigerator. You can even freeze the meatballs. Simply place in the freezer in a single layer until frozen solid and place in a ziptop bag or plastic container. Thaw the meatballs and continue with the recipe. The sauce takes no time at all to make, so I usually make it on the spot, but you can make it ahead of time also.  IMG_6595

Honey Garlic-Glazed Meatballs
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 60-63 meatballs
Ingredients
Meatballs:
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 onion, finely minced
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
Sauce:
  • ½ Tablespoon butter
  • 2-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two rimmed baking sheets with aluminum foil.
  2. Soak the breadcrumbs in the milk until all the milk is absorbed by the bread.
  3. Combine all the ingredients for the meatballs together.
  4. Form small meatballs, about 1 Tablespoon each and place on prepared baking sheets.
  5. Bake for 12-14 min.
  6. Meanwhile, make the sauce. In a medium pot or large skillet, melt butter over medium heat.
  7. Add the garlic and cook about 30 seconds.
  8. Add the rest of the ingredients. Simmer for about 5 min.
  9. Add the meatballs to the sauce and cook for about 7 min, until cooked through.
Make Ahead:
  1. Bake the meatballs ahead of time. Store in the refrigerator.
  2. You can even freeze the meatballs. Simply place in the freezer in a single layer until frozen solid and place in a Ziploc bag or plastic container.
  3. Thaw the meatballs and continue with the recipe. The sauce takes no time at all to make, so I usually make it on the spot, but you can make it ahead of time also.

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