I originally found this recipe for barbeque chicken meatballs and wanted to make it to watch the Patriots home-opener at my friend’s house this past Sunday but as you know, I ended up strolling around Boston the entire afternoon. I was looking for a delicious, one-bite appetizer but something other than the usual chicken wings and potato skins for football watching. I was really looking forward to trying these meatballs so I decided to make them for dinner last night. Plus, I wouldn’t have to share with anyone ;) All of the ingredients are pretty basic and I think the touch of applesauce and the bits of heat from the chili powder make these meatballs special.

Here’s what you need:

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• 1 pound ground chicken
• 2/3 cup bread crumbs
• 1 egg
• 1 teaspoon chili powder
• 1 small onion, grated or diced
• 1/2 teaspoon paprika
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 2 tablespoons applesauce
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 cup barbecue sauce (I’m a big fan of Bull’s Eye original bbq!)

Here’s what you do:

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• Combine the first 8 ingredients and form the mixture into 1-inch balls.

• Pour oil in a large skillet. Add the meatballs and brown them on all sides until cooked through, about 8-10 minutes.

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• Add the barbecue sauce. Continue cooking until the sauce has reduced and sticks to the meatballs.

• Stare at the beauty for roughly 5 minutes before inhaling ;)

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For dinner last night I just cooked a little pasta on the side to add some more umph to my meal, but these are definitely stellar on their own and the perfect party dish. I think two important things to keep in mind when making an appetizer for a gathering at someone else’s house… 1) make something that transports well and 2) make something that can be eaten in a clean way! These meatballs definitely fit the bill. And I’m about 110% sure if you make these for a party your friends will love you ten times more than they already do. Make them for your husband or boyfriend’s football watching buddies and they’ll love you, too. Not that they already don’t ;)

What’s your favorite appetizer to bring to a party this time of year?

[Chels]

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Also, I just wanted to share the jewelry designer who created the gorgeous pieces in my last post about my walk around the South End. A couple people commented about how beautiful the necklaces were in the photo so I wanted to make sure to share her information. Her name is Jennifer Candon and she creates handmade, custom jewelry using pearls and other semi-precious stones. She also does bridal work! Here’s that photo again :)

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