Photo: Andrew Thomas Lee; Styling: Kaitlyn Du Ross    
Hands-on Time
42 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 12 Mins
Serves 20 (serving size: 2 filled "cups")

Friends will love the ingenuity of Meatballs in Brussels Sprout Cups. Little meatballs are cradled in Brussels sprout cups for a clever seasonal appetizer.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°.

Step 2

Thinly slice 1 shallot; separate into rings. Combine sliced shallot, red wine vinegar, and granulated sugar in a small bowl. Let stand 1 hour.

Step 3

Finely chop remaining shallot. Combine with pork and next 11 ingredients (through egg white) in a large bowl. With wet hands, divide mixture into 40 portions (1 scant tablespoon each). Roll each into a 1-inch ball. Arrange on a jelly-roll pan lined with parchment paper. Bake at 375° for 16 minutes.

Step 4

Preheat broiler to high. Broil meatballs on middle rack 4 minutes or until tops begin to brown.

Step 5

While meatballs cook, bring a saucepan of water to a boil. Using a paring knife and starting from the root end, carefully remove outer leaves from the Brussels sprouts, setting aside 40 large leaves. Reserve cores for another use. Add leaves to boiling water; cook 1 minute. Drain. Immediately place leaves in a bowl of ice water. Drain. Pat leaves dry with paper towels.

Step 6

Arrange 1 meatball in each Brussels sprout "cup." Top each with 1 shallot slice.

Ratings & Reviews

jspicest's Review

March 04, 2014
The meatballs themselves were absolutely delicious. Creating the brussel sprout cups was very time consuming and I don't think they contributed anything to the taste. They did make for an awesome presentation, though. If I make in the future, I'll only make the meatballs.

KimiJo's Review

January 25, 2014

SReed10's Review

November 22, 2013