Maple Meatballs

Mini Maple Meatballs

These savory meatballs start with ground pork and ground beef infused with garlic, cayenne and mustard. A touch of maple complements the spicy mix. Having a party? Prepare ahead, then bake just prior to the gathering.

Makes 15 servings


  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 slices white or whole wheat bread, torn into crumbs
  • ½ pound lean ground beef
  • ½ pound ground pork
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, divided
  • 2/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1½ teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1½ teaspoons ground mustard
  • Fresh thyme leaves (optional)


Preheat oven to 375°F. For meatballs, in a large bowl combine egg, milk and bread crumbs. Stir in ground beef, pork, garlic, salt, pepper and 1/8 teaspoon cayenne until thoroughly mixed. Shape into 30 1-inch balls. Arrange in a 13×9-inch baking dish.

For glaze, in a bowl combine maple syrup, apple juice, soy sauce, vinegar, cornstarch, ground mustard and remaining 1/8 teaspoon cayenne; pour over meatballs. Bake about 45 minutes or until meatballs are browned and sauce is slightly thickened. If desired, sprinkle with a few thyme leaves just before serving.

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