Thursday, May 23, 2019

Meatballs with Blueberry BBQ Sauce


Blueberry season is almost here and it's one of my favorite things about living in Holland. The fresh blueberries are so sweet and delicious and I always make sure to buy them in bulk and keep them in the freezer to enjoy throughout the year. Adding them to barbecue sauce provides a pop of sweetness that pairs perfectly with meatballs or grilled chicken, salmon, pork, ribs and salmon. 



1. Preheat oven to 400. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Combine meatball ingredients in a large bowl. Shape into 16 balls and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes.




3. Meanwhile, combine sauce ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes. Blend with an immersion blender (or carefully transfer the mixture to a regular blender and blend for 15 seconds).



4. Toss sauce with the meatballs. Serve topped with goat cheese and chopped basil, if desired.




Meatballs with Blueberry BBQ Sauce
Serves 4

All you need:
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup ground oats (gluten-free or regular)
1 egg
1 small sweet onion, grated
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon chopped basil leaves
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

BBQ Sauce
1 cup fresh (or frozen) blueberries
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons molasses
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Splash hot sauce

Crumbled goat cheese and chopped basil, for garnish (optional)

All you do:
1. Preheat oven to 400. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Combine meatball ingredients in a large bowl. Shape into 16 balls and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, combine sauce ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes. Blend with an immersion blender (or carefully transfer the mixture to a regular blender and blend for 15 seconds).
4. Toss sauce with the meatballs. Serve topped with goat cheese and chopped basil, if desired.

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