Cocktail Meatballs ::: Party Hors d’oeuvre Series

These are great cocktail meatballs! I was on the hunt for a fantastic cocktail meatball for our News Year’s party. Criteria: one bite so you can stick with a toothpick, sweet & savory, with some sort of glaze.

Emeril came through when I found his recipe on To be honest, it was one of the few recipes I found quickly that sounded really appetizing. I did though, just find out that my Kitchen Aid mixer has a recipe in its recipe booklet that is similar, but calls for a cup of strong coffee in the sauce.

I tripled the below recipe since this was for a big group (yes I had 60+ meatballs) and used 1/3 ground pork for flavor. In terms of seasonings, everything from your cabinet is pretty much in here, but it’s because he wants you to use his “Emeril’s Essence.” Rather than have you make this essence (to set aside and only use 1/2 teaspoon of),  I’ve just added a bit of each in my recipe.  I also baked the meatballs and then put them in the crock pot with the sauce for a few hours instead of frying with oil and butter as he would.

{Adapted from Emeril Lagasse’s Cocktail Meatballs}

Cocktail Meatballs  yields 24- 30 meatballs

  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork {You can use all beef just as easily}
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs {I used Italian because they were on hand}
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons Creole mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • a few pinches cayenne {more or less depending if you want heat}
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot red pepper sauce {hot sauce}
  • non-stick olive oil spray


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup grated yellow onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 375 ° F.

In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients for the meatballs, except the non-stick spray…obviously. ; )

Mix well with your hands. Form into individual meatballs, about 1-inch in diameter. Spray a baking sheet covered in tinfoil with olive oil spray and place meatballs on the sheet. Spray the meatballs with some olive oil so they crisp up just a  little (without drying out) while in the oven. Bake for 20 minutes. Put on low broil at the end if needed. {The meatballs should brown on the tops so they stay together in the crock pot.} You may have some grease to drain from the pan once they finish cooking in the oven.

Make the sauce by combining all the ingredients in a medium bowl, whisking to dissolve the sugar and combine. Adjust the seasoning, to taste. While the meatballs are baking, heat the sauce on medium-low heat in a sauce pan on the stove for at least 10 minutes. Pour the sauce over the meatballs in a crock pot on low and let cook for 2-3 hours, stirring carefully occasionally.

* Time saving method: If you don’t have time for the crock pot, pour the sauce over the meatballs on the baking sheet after the first 20 minutes. Bake for 15 more minutes until they have a nice glaze from the sauce.

Do you have a great family cocktail meatball recipe?

This is the first I’ve tried!

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Dim Sum Party ::: Char Siu Bao + Shumai

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I have an obsession with dim sum. Strange right? Maybe it’s the way they are served in cute stacked bamboo steamers or maybe it’s the wide variety of bite size pieces…either way I’m obsessed.

And you too will be if you try these recipes. Promise.

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Mom’s {Famous} Beans ::: Calico Beans



I wish I made these beans for a barbecue at our pool today with friends, music {currently I’d request Jake Owen}, and  homemade mojitos. Instead I am packing for a work trip that I leave on tomorrow. I really shouldn’t complain though because I am heading to Hong Kong and  I  am so freaking excited!

I made my Mom’s famous beans today because I was craving them, so naturally I made enough for an army. Peter says I purposely plan to fatten him up by leaving lots of food when I leave on work trips. ::: Sorry honey ::: Just make 1/2 the recipe below for a more “normal” portion.

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Asian {Taco} Night ::: Ground Beef Lettuce Wraps

Think I am a bit Asian crazy lately?

Food that is…

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The Hangover Cure ::: Taiwan Ramen Noodle Soup

We are recovering from the MiamiBeatOhioState game today so I thought a hangover cure recipe was appropriate.

If you haven’t noticed by now I love spicy food. My love for it seems to grow year by year and now that I am getting my favorite recipes down in writing on this blog I am noticing how obsessed I am.

When we lived in Manhattan Beach we would visit Sashi at least once a week {usually after a long night out for a hangover cure}. Crispy Rice Spicy Tuna and the Taiwan Ramen Noodle Soup were my go to items on the menu. Oh and if you haven’t had Crispy Rice Spicy Tuna you are missing out and you need to visit Koi, Nobu, Sashi, or Katsu-ya. I haven’t attempted it at home, but I really need to. It is a 3 way contradiction (hot and cold, soft and crunchy, sweet and spicy) and proof that opposites attract.

Taiwan Ramen Noodle Soup 

Who doesn’t love Ramen? Since I haven’t found anywhere in Miami that makes anything similar (and the 25 cent package kind is really only good for poor college kids) I was thrilled when I found the recipe for the Sashi soup online. It is spicy and a little sweet {my favorite combo} and insanely addicting. A great hangover cure as well. 😉

Recipe found here.

I like to make it so hot your nose runs {also kicking your hangover’s ass}. Don’t be fooled by the fact that it’s soup, this is a hearty and very filling meal. YUM!

::: keelymarie :::