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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