Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Gerri Williams
Prep Time
30 Mins
Cook Time
38 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 8 Mins
Yield
about 50 meatballs (serving size: 2 meatballs)

Crackers add a buttery bite to Herbed Cocktail Meatballs with Chunky Tomato Sauce. Serve meatballs as an appetizer or with your favorite pasta noodles.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375ºF. Make meatballs: Soak cracker crumbs in milk for 5 minutes. Warm oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté onion until tender, about 4 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute longer.

Step 2

Combine cracker and onion mixtures with remaining meatball ingredients; mix thoroughly but do not overwork. Shape into 1 1/4-inch balls.

Step 3

Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with foil. Mist a wire rack with cooking spray; place over sheet. Place meatballs on rack. Bake until browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted into center of a meatball reads 160°F, 20 to 25 minutes.

Step 4

Make sauce: Warm oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté onion for 3 minutes. Add garlic, Italian seasoning and red pepper; sauté 2 minutes. Add tomato paste; stir for 30 seconds. Pour in wine; stir until evaporated. Add tomatoes. Reduce heat; simmer until thick, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with meatballs.

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