Crackers add a buttery bite to Herbed Cocktail Meatballs with Chunky Tomato Sauce. Serve meatballs as an appetizer or with your favorite pasta noodles.
All You MARCH 2012
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.
2. Combine cracker and onion mixtures with remaining meatball ingredients; mix thoroughly but do not overwork. Shape into 1 1/4-inch balls.
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.
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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