Sweet Chili Glazed Meatballs are juicy meatballs drenched in a homemade sweet chili sauce that is sweet and spicy! A crowd pleasing 30 minute appetizer or an easy dinner served with rice!
I would like to suggest one last appetizer for the holidays.
Yesterday, I had to throw one last breakfast idea your way and today, I am highly suggesting these tantalizing, gooey Sweet Chili Glazed Meatballs. Everyone will thank you!
So it’s finally here. The week we have all be anxiously awaiting for. Stressing about. And dreaming of since
So tell me. What are your plans? Are you traveling far way to visit family? Secretly, I wish we would travel for the holidays! Something about traveling to see family excites me. But, not as in Christmas Vacation style.
“If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn’t be more surprised.” Oh Clark. How you make me giggle.
But no really! Are you hosting or just going to be a party goer that brings some delicious treats (or mucho wine) to save the sanity of the host? Ding! Ding! Ding! That’s me!
We are starting our festivities early on Christmas Eve to celebrate with my parents and my brothers family. It started out as a leisurely day spent snacking on delicious appetizers, enjoying a festive cocktail and unwrapping presents. While the first two still very much happen, the last one has changed a bit. Little ones speed up that game! One good thing is we always have a helper to unwrap our presents.
This year, I am changing my appetizer game and bringing something with a bit of sweetness. A little bit of spice. And whips together in under 30 minutes! These meatballs were inspired by a favorite appetizer from a local steakhouse. Calamari is hard to turn down but the calamari in that dish is flat-out irresistible. It remains super crispy even when with the thick sweet chili glaze finding every nook and cranny of those little guys.
While calamari is delicious, not everyone flocks to it. But who can say no to meatballs? Johnsonville Homestyle Meatballs help provide a simple shortcut as they are fully cooked. I added them to a pan with a bit of chicken stock to heat through. Meanwhile, a mixture of water, seasonings and chile flakes is mixed with coconut sugar, which lightens this sauce up. No need to buy the bottle chili sauce…I bet you already have these ingredients in your pantry! Cheaper and healthier. Win!
The sauce is mixed with the meatballs before serving and then garnished with spicy cherry peppers, crushed peanuts, and green onions. To make things easier, you can even prepare the sauce ahead of time and keep refrigerated until ready to serve! Or even better, add the meatballs to a slow cooker with the sauce and set to warm (or low) and let your guests devour!
I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and I hope it is filled with friends, family and most of all, love! I will be taking the rest of the year off to spend some time with my family.
I will see you all in the New Year!
Serves 3 meatballs
[i]Sweet Chili Glazed Meatballs are juicy meatballs drenched in a homemade sweet chili sauce that is sweet and spicy! A crowd pleasing 30 minute appetizer or an easy dinner served with rice!/i]
5 minPrep Time
25 minCook Time
30 minTotal Time
- 2 pounds Johnsonville Homestyle Meatballs
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/4 cup water
- Diced cherry peppers
- Chopped peanuts
- Thinly sliced green onions
- In a large sauce pan over medium low heat, add the frozen meatballs and chicken broth. Cover and let simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Meanwhile, in a small sauce pan, add the sugar, water, red wine vinegar, garlic powder, onion powder, ginger powder, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Bring to a gentle boil then reduce heat to low.
- Whisk together the cornstarch and water. Add to the sauce and increase heat to medium. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until sauce starts to thicken. Once thickened remove from heat and set aside.
- Once the meatballs have cooked for 20 minutes. Add the sauce and gently stir to coat all the meatballs.
- Either add to serving dish and garnish with cherry peppers, peanuts and green onions and serve. Or serve right in serving dish.
*You can prepare the sauce ahead of time, then mix with the heated meatballs.
*Warmed Meatballs and sauce a can added to a slow cooker and kept on warm (or low) to keep heated.
If you make this recipe, make sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #WITHSALTANDWIT. I’d love to see what you are cooking up in your kitchen!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Johnsonville. The opinions and text are all mine.5