If you are hosting the gang to come over and watch the game, these beef and veal meatballs will show off your culinary style. Super easy to throw together, just mix the ingredients and bake in the oven for 25 min. Though they can be eaten at room temperature, but if you put them in a half hour before half time, you can enjoy them hot out of the oven. The port reduction adds another upscale element. See our entire menu featuring high-end nibbles to serve while watching sports at this link.
As an alternate serving idea, make sliders out of these, and add sauteed onions as a topping. Guests will love them.
MAKES 62 BALLS (ABOUT 1 INCH)
PREHEAT OVEN 375ºF… MAKE THE MEATBALLS
1 LB ground beef
1 LB ground veal
2 oz prosciutto, minced and cooked till crispy
1 1/2 CUPS parsley, minced
1/2 CUP pignoli nuts, toasted, crushed
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3 eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 CUP panko bread crumbs
Mix all ingredients together, and roll into 1-inch balls. Place on a parchment-lined baking tray. Bake for 25 min, turning once for even cooking.
MAKE THE PORT REDUCTION
1/2 CUP prunes, pitted, chopped
1/2 orange, chopped
1 TB orange zest
3 CUPS port wine
In a small saucepan, bring ingredients to a boil, then simmer about 40 min till reduced and syrupy. Push through a fine mesh strainer, and discard the prunes.
parsley, broken into individual leaves or finely chopped
Put a pick into each ball, drizzle with sauce, and garnish with parsley. Set a bowl of the sauce for dipping alongside.
See more tips for creating a five-star menu for watching the game in 18 Classy Sports