Bourbon Maple Meatballs for Cocktail Time! Oooohh yeah! 


These little appetizer meatballs are a delicious start to kick off your party ! 

Ingredients:

1 pound ground meatloaf mix, (ground beef, pork and veal)

1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs

1 large egg

2 clove garlic, minced fine

1 tablespoon good quality olive oil

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon white pepper 

1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder

Salt and fresh ground black pepper

1 batch bourbon BBQ sauce ( recipe below) 

Chopped parsley for garnish 

Method

Preheat the oven to 350’F degrees. Prepare a high sided baking sheet with parchment, or a silicon baking mat. 

In a large bowl, add all the listed ingredients and with gloved hands, mix together until fully incorporated. 

Roll 1 -inch sized balls and place onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 15-20 minutes until one is cut open and no longer pink in the center. Remove from the oven and set aside. 

Make the sauce.Add the meatballs to the sauce. Simmer for about 10 minutes, turning meatballs to coat. Serve warm. 

Maple Bourbon BBQ Sauce 

Ingredients:

2 cups good quality ketchup

1/2 -3/4 cup, good quality bourbon

1/4 cup chicken or vegetable stock

2-3 Tablespoons dark brown sugar

3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar

2 -3 Tablespoons good quality maple syrup 

2-3 Tablespoon good quality mustard 

1 Tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teapoon smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder

 Pinch kosher salt

Method:

In a large skillet, over medium heat add all of the listed sauce ingredients. Whisk well to combine. 

On medium low heat bring the sauce to a simmer and warm all the ingredients through. 

Planning healthy habits

Did you ever notice how difficult it is to eat healthy when hunger strikes? Your little one wants a snack; you go to the kitchen and start looking around. Often we find ourselves in this situation. The key to keeping it healthy is planning. I know! We’re all busy. In the spirit of spring cleaning and getting organized, consider organizing snacks with a snack station.

Inspired by Realsimple.com, today’s idea is a grab-and-go snack stashes.

Using a larger bin – consider Tupperware, something that can be cleaned easily – place a variety of snacks that can be mixed and matched for treats. You can use snack size sandwich bags to portion out orange slice, baby carrots, celery sticks, pepper slices. You can even rotate these treats to showcase whatever is seasonal, like berries. Include grapes, lunch meat roll-ups (like turkey and Swiss of ham and cheddar), yogurt, string cheese and, for dipping, a jar of peanut butter and hummus.

Make a habit of refilling your snack station one day a week, say Sunday night. Once it’s ready, you can tell your kids to grab something when you’re busy without worry. And, you can pick up a small bag on your way out to the many baseball and soccer games going on. Those chips are tempting, but not the best option for your little one – or you.

How will you personalize your snack station?