Authentic Suburban Gourmet: Bourbon Apricot Meatballs

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Happy Halloween Everyone! 
I made the most amazing meatballs a few weeks ago and have been super
excited to share them with all of you. 
If I am being completely honest, I ate 3 or 4 meatballs right out of the
pan as I pulled them from the oven – they were simple divine on their own.  Now comes the Bourbon Apricot sauce and they
soon go to the top of the scale.  They
will be my “go to” appetizer for the upcoming holiday season.

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The secret I have found for making meatballs that rock the
world is white bread soaked in milk plus some parmesan cheese.  The combination adds moisture, richness and
an umami quality.  They are actually
really simple to make and you will probably never go back to purchasing the
frozen meatballs at your local grocery store again.  The extra time commitment is well worth it –
trust me.

With November literally around the corner, it is time to
think about booking out this season’s holiday events.  We already have two parties cemented on our
calendar for season with a few more to be confirmed. I love this time of year
with the cooler temperatures, rainy days, the stores are decorated for the
holidays and all of the holiday favorites are being cooked and baked.  What do you love about the holiday season?

Bourbon Apricot Meatballs

Makes about 36 meatballs


½ Lb. Ground Pork

½ Lb. Ground Beef

5 Cloves Garlic

1 Small Onion, diced

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

2 Slices White Bread, crusts removed

2 Tablespoons Milk

¼ Cup Flat Leaf Parsley, minced

½ teaspoon Salt

½ teaspoon Pepper

1/3 Cup Grated Parmesan

In a small bowl add the milk and small torn pieces of the
white bread and let sit.  In a small pan
add the olive oil and onions & garlice and sauté over medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes or
until soft and translucent.  Remove from
the heat.

In a large bowl, add the pork, ground beef, sautéed onion & garlic, soaked bread in milk, parsley, salt, pepper, flat leaf parsley and parmesan cheese.  Mix well together with your hands until all
ingredients are incorporated.  Use a
spoon to scoop out 1 tablespoon of the meat mixture and form into a ball.  Add to a large skillet with a bit of olive
oil on the bottom.  When the pan is full
of meatballs, cook on the stove until each side is browned then place into a
preheated 350 degree oven for another 20 to 25 minutes or until completely

Bourbon Apricot Sauce

2 Tablespoon Butter

1 Medium Onion, diced

2 Medium Cloves Garlic, finely chopped

1 Cup Apricot Preserves

1 Cup Chili Sauce

½ Cup + 1 Tablespoon Bourbon

1/3 Cup Cider Vinegar

¼ Cup Packed Brown Sugar

2 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce

2 Tablespoon Spicy Brown Mustard

½ Medium Jalapeno, finely diced

Melt the butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat.  Add the onion and cook, stirring
occasionally, until golden brown.  Add
the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Stir in the preserves, chili sauce, ½ cup
bourbon, the vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and jalapeno
and bring to a simmer.  Lower the heat to
low and simmer while stirring often.  It
should reduce to 3 cups after 20 minutes. 
Stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon of Bourbon and remove from the
heat.  Add the meatballs and serve.

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