Zesty Meatballs

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    Want to spice up a party? Pass around a tray of these zesty meatballs at your next get-together. That touch of citrus is a real crowd-pleaser.



    • 1 cup bottled barbecue sauce
    • 3/4 cup orange juice reduction*
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1 beaten egg white
    • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
    • 3 tablespoons milk
    • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
    • 12 ounces lean ground beef
    • 12 ounces ground raw turkey or chicken
    • Nonstick cooking spray
    • 1 orange (optional)


    • *In a small pan, bring 1 & 1/2 cups of Florida’s Natural® Orange Juice to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until half the liquid—3/4 cup—remains. Let cool.
    • In a bowl, stir together the barbecue sauce, orange juice reduction and water; set aside.
    • For meatballs: In a large mixing bowl, combine egg white, graham cracker crumbs, milk, mustard, salt and pepper. Add beef and turkey/chicken; mix well. Shape into 36 meatballs. Spray an unheated 12-inch skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Add meatballs and brown on all sides over medium heat, then place meatballs in a 2-quart casserole dish. Pour sauce over meatballs. Cover and bake in a 350° F oven for 1 hour. Serve with wooden toothpicks. If desired, garnish with cut-up orange pieces.


    Serves 8-10