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  • 1 - egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cups - fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1 envelopes - Italian dry salad dressing mix
  • 1/2 teaspoons - crushed red pepper
  • 2 cloves - garlic, minced
  • 1 pounds - lean ground beef
  • 8 ounces - bulk Italian sausage
  • 1/4 cups - canned crushed pineapple, well drained
  • 1/4 cups - canned diced green chile peppers, well drained
  • 1/4 cups - shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cups - bottled Italian salad dressing
  • 1/2 cups - pineapple or plum preserves
  • 1/2 cups - bottled chili sauce
  • Directions:

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

    In a large bowl combine egg, bread crumbs, dry salad dressing mix, crushed red pepper, and garlic. Add ground beef, Italian sausage, pineapple, chile peppers, and mozzarella cheese; mix well. Shape mixture into 48 meatballs.

    Place meatballs in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan, arranged in a single layer. Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes; drain well. Transfer meatballs to a 3-1/2 or 4-quart slow cooker.

    For sauce, in a medium bowl combine bottled salad dressing, pineapple preserves, and chili sauce. Pour over meatballs in cooker. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 3-4 hours or on high-heat setting for 1-1/2 to 2 hours.

    Stir gently before serving. Serve meatballs with wooden toothpicks.

    Brief Description

    Serve these meatballs for an easy party appetizer; make ahead and keep warm in slow cooker.

    Main Ingredient:

    ground beef

    Category:  Appetizers

    Cuisine:  Italian

    Prep Time: 30 min
    Cook Time: 20 min


    Makes 48 appetizers.


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    December 31, 2013

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