(Family Features) At this year’s holiday gatherings, you can put together a showstopping menu from the beginning of the party to the final bite with mouthwatering recipes that bring guests back for more. It all starts with beef, a versatile, beloved ingredient that can be used in appetizers, sides and main courses alike.
Before bringing out the main course, there’s an important aspect of seasonal parties that calls everyone to the kitchen: savory appetizers. You can invite your guests to share an option like Holiday Mini Beef Meatball Skewers with Cranberry Barbecue Sauce, a festive, easy-to-make favorite that can tide the cravings of a hungry crowd.
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Holiday Mini Beef Meatball Skewers with Cranberry Barbecue Sauce
Recipe courtesy of Beef Loving Texans
Total time: 50 minutes
1 pound ground beef
1 cup fresh zucchini, grated
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 small yellow onion, diced 1/2 inch
2 red bell peppers, diced 1/2 inch
2 green bell peppers, diced 1/2 inch
12 skewers (6 inches)
Cranberry Barbecue Sauce:
1 can (16 ounces) whole berry cranberry sauce
3 tablespoons barbecue sauce
Preheat oven to 400 F.
In medium bowl, lightly mix ground beef, zucchini, egg, salt and pepper until thoroughly combined. Shape into 24 1-inch meatballs. Alternately thread meatballs, onions, red peppers and green peppers onto skewers. Place skewers on shallow-rimmed baking sheet.
Bake 22-25 minutes, or until instant-read thermometer inserted into center of meatball registers 160 F.
To make cranberry barbecue sauce: In medium saucepan, combine cranberry sauce and barbecue sauce; simmer 5 minutes, or until flavors blend.
Drizzle sauce over skewers or serve as dipping sauce.
Source: Beef Loving Texans