I had these meatballs at my friend Emily’s engagement party and I found myself so in love with them, I hovered over the serving dish and kept eating more when no one was looking. I knew that I had to keep this recipe and use it to wow my own party guests someday. The opportunity came at my annual holiday shindig last night, where (once again) these meatballs got the party started!
(Inspiration found here and also from Emily!)
2 eggs, beaten
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup finely chopped onion
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 pounds ground beef
2 cups ketchup
1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped onion
1. In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients.
2. Mix in ground beef to bowl and knead all ingredients together until well mixed. Get your hands messy on this one!
3. Shape into 1-in. balls. Place in greased baking dishes.
–At this point, I put them in the refrigerator over night. I had the luxury of preparing them the day before. If you don’t have the time, you can continue on directly. However, the fridge step allows for the meatballs to solidify and stay together a bit more than just cooking them directly.–
4. Combine the sauce ingredients; pour over meatballs. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 1 hour or until meat is no longer pink. Serve and enjoy!
A big hit! The sauce caramelizes while baking, which allows for a great sweet taste. There are more than enough servings to go around and also provide leftovers. Yum!