Mar 17, 2011

Cherry Coke & Jalapeño Meatballs

Cherry Coke & Jalapeno Meatballs

Well, they’re actually cherry coke & jalapeño glazed meatballs, but that didn’t fit into the excerpt title on my landing page. Shrugs.

These are my go to snack meatballs, but don’t let me stop you from having them for dinner.

They’re spicy, I won’t lie. They’re not going to make your eyes tear up or pop out of their sockets, but they’ll definitely get a ‘Whoa baby!’ if you do it right. Guys tend to like these a lot. Not sure why. Testosterone food?

You can tone the heat down a bit, but they don’t taste nearly as good without it. They need zing! And the heat is mainly on the outside.

But that’s coming from me, a spicy spice fiend.

 
Ingredients:
 

Meatballs:

1 pound ground beef
1 large egg
1/2 cup breadcrumbs

Seasoning:

1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp sweet paprika powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried parsley
pinch of cayenne

Glaze:

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup cherry coke
3 jalapeños

 

Directions:

Even he eats them. But in all fairness, the kid can eat spicier foods than I can.
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Preheat your oven to 400F° (200C°).

Storyboard nirvana. Mix up all the spices listed under seasoning.
Cherry Coke & Jalapeno Meatballs

Normally I do this with green chili peppers, but I still had some chopped up jalapeños in my freezer.
Cherry Coke & Jalapeno Meatballs

I used roughly 2 slightly heaping tbsp of the spice mix. Feel free to use less or more. Technically you can use it all.
Cherry Coke & Jalapeno Meatballs

Add an egg and the breadcrumbs and dig in. Mix it all up.
Cherry Coke & Jalapeno Meatballs

Make medium-sized meatballs using an ice scoop.
Cherry Coke & Jalapeno Meatballs

I need a silpat mat! Used baking paper instead and placed them on a baking sheet.
Cherry Coke & Jalapeno Meatballs

 
I’m using my oven for them. Saves on butter. Give them 15 minutes in a preheated oven at 400F° (200C°).
 

Time to make the glaze. Use a skillet or saucepan with a thick bottom and mix the sugar and jalapeños.
Cherry Coke & Jalapeno Meatballs

This stuff is retro! I can still remember myself as a little girl, all excited when my mom bought me and my brother a bottle.
Cherry Coke & Jalapeno Meatballs

Pour 1/2 a cup of sparkly cherry coke in with the sugar.
Cherry Coke & Jalapeno Meatballs

Bring it to a boil.
Cherry Coke & Jalapeno Meatballs

I love this shot. No idea why. Anyway, give it 7 to 10 minutes over medium heat.
Cherry Coke & Jalapeno Meatballs

Flip those meatballs after 15 minutes, and give them an extra 10 minutes.
Cherry Coke & Jalapeno Meatballs

Okay, one more for the heck of it. Look at those bubbles! Stir now and then.
Cherry Coke & Jalapeno Meatballs

As soon as it stops bubbling fiercely after you’ve stirred, it’ll be the perfect consistency. It took 8 minutes straight for me.
Cherry Coke & Jalapeno Meatballs

After the last 10 minutes you brush the meatballs with the glaze. Pop them back into the oven for another 5 minutes.
Cherry Coke & Jalapeno Meatballs

Meatballs are the best thing to snack on!
Cherry Coke & Jalapeno Meatballs

Bring them to a party, a shower or a potluck. They’ll be a hit, I promise!
Cherry Coke & Jalapeno Meatballs

* no trees were harmed in the making of these photos

Cherry Coke & Jalapeño Meatballs
Ingredients
    Meatballs:

    1 pound ground beef
    1 large egg
    1/2 cup breadcrumbs

    Seasoning:

    1 1/2 tsp salt
    1 1/2 tsp sweet paprika powder
    1/2 tsp onion powder
    1 tsp black pepper
    1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
    1 tsp brown sugar
    1/4 tsp garlic powder
    1 tsp dried parsley
    pinch of cayenne

    Glaze:

    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1/2 cup cherry coke
    3 jalapeños
Directions
    Mix all the spices listed under seasoning. Use 1 1/2 to 2 tbsp on 1 pound ground beef, add the egg and breadcrumbs and mix it all up. Make medium-sized meatballs using an ice scoop.

    Bake them 15 minutes in a preheated oven at 400F° (200C°).

    Combine the brown sugar, cherry coke and deseeded and finely minced jalapenos. Bring it to a boil and while stirring occasionally, cook it over medium heat for 7 to 10 minutes. Until it’s a thick syrup.

    Flip the meatballs and give them an extra 10 minutes oven time.

    Brush the glaze over the meatballs and put them back in the oven for 5 minutes.
Meal type: snack, main course, party food
Servings: 12
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    53 Comments »

    1. 1

      Oh my.  Those look insanely good!!  Wonder if my kids would eat them, or if they’d be too spicy for them.  I think I’ll have to give them a try & find out!

      kate on Mar 17, 2011 @ 9:17 pm Reply
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      Snort!  You made me snort!  No trees were harmed indeed. 

      Tell me, do you TASTE the Jalepenos on these or just get the heat, cause I am not really a fan of the taste of them.

      Kait on Mar 17, 2011 @ 9:18 pm Reply
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      @Kait:

      You don’t really taste them, you just get the heat. The sweetness overrules the flavor :)

      Kay on Mar 17, 2011 @ 9:20 pm Reply
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      When I saw you tweet “Cherry Coke & Jalapeno Meatballs” I just had to run right over here to see what the heck you were up to now. My head just wasn’t wrapping around cherry coke and jalapeno. But, now I get it!! And, girl, do these ever look tasty!

      Made me smile about the retro cherry Coke, too. I remember as a teenager going to the drugstore to get a cherry Coke, but it wasn’t in a bottle. When you ordered a cherry Coke, the girl running the soda fountain would pump one shot of cherry flavoring and one shot of Coke syrup into your glass, add carbonated water to fill it up and stir. Now THAT was a real retro cherry Coke! But my favorite was a vanilla Coke. Substitute vanilla syrup for the cherry and, oh baby.

      Lana @ Never Enough Thyme on Mar 17, 2011 @ 9:27 pm Reply
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      @ Lana:

      I knew you’d take a peek :)

      We had vanilla coke only for a little while here. Somehow it never made the big crowd here and quietly vanished from the shelves, but I was addicted to it! I tried copying it by adding vanilla extract to regular coke, but it just isn’t the same. 

      Time I move the the US, I guess :)

      Kay on Mar 17, 2011 @ 9:30 pm Reply
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      Yes, you do need a silpat – I never make meatballs on anything else now! And PS, I LOVE the photo with the budding branch next to the meatballs – says spring without any words. :-)

      Cooking with Michele on Mar 18, 2011 @ 12:03 am Reply
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      I love the white trash feel of these meatballs with the cherry coke glaze. And I do mean that in the very best sense. They sound amazingly good.

      Marisa on Mar 18, 2011 @ 11:15 am Reply
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      @ Marisa:

      I completely know what you mean!

      Kay on Mar 18, 2011 @ 12:27 pm Reply
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      My hubby just told me they sell it here at Super de Boer, but that might be an action. Friends of mine go to Germany to buy it, that might be less hassle as moving to the US :)

      Marieke on Mar 18, 2011 @ 5:52 pm Reply
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      I mean the vanilla coke :)

      Marieke on Mar 18, 2011 @ 5:52 pm Reply
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      Would it be too much trouble for you, to also mention the measurements in European style… It is quite tiring to convert everything, most of the time I don’t have to but it would be nice addition anyway. I know what a pound is but the cups are driving me nuts to be honest.

      Henna on Mar 18, 2011 @ 10:46 pm Reply
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      @ Henna:

      Yes, it actually would. I don’t weigh when I cook, it’s a major hassle and it would defy the purpose of volume cooking. Like I say in my about me, I don’t do the grams thing and I don’t weigh stuff.

      Measuring cups are even sold in the AH, Blokker and Marskramer these days.

      Kay on Mar 18, 2011 @ 11:00 pm Reply
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      Ah, silly me :) Going to blokker today anyway so will get one from there.

      Henna on Mar 19, 2011 @ 11:26 am Reply
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      @ Henna:

      Picked up a set of 3 nested measuring cups at the AH not too long ago, were 3 euros or something! Hema sells it now, too!

      Volume cooking is hot these days (and easy:)

      Kay on Mar 19, 2011 @ 11:27 am Reply
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      I have always said, “The spicier the better. The uglier the better. The dirtier the better.” But I think I might change my tune about the latter one. The cherry coke is an interesting addition.

      tinytearoom on Mar 19, 2011 @ 1:56 pm Reply
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      Het is weer eens wat anders dan de standaard gehaktballetjes! super!

      Analosa on Mar 19, 2011 @ 2:18 pm Reply
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      @ Marieke:

      You just made me really happy! :)

      Kay on Mar 20, 2011 @ 3:38 pm Reply
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      Enjoy your take on on having fun cooking,
      Here is a similar easy to make for a mob, recipe I use,
      Buy the bag of cooked meatballs at Costco There are 120 and the are precooked with Italian spices, cover the bottom of of an electric frypan with the meatballs and cover with 1 quart of Chinese orange sauce, cover and heat on low until hot, replenish the meatballs into the sauce after warning them in a microwave.
      Will try them with the Jalapenos and coke sauce tonight.

      Jacques Sopkin on Mar 21, 2011 @ 6:44 pm Reply
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      @Jacques Sopkin:

      Don’t make me cry! We don’t have such a thing as precooked Italian meatballs in the Netherlands :)

      What’s Chinese orange sauce? It sounds great!

       

      Kay on Mar 21, 2011 @ 6:46 pm Reply
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      You can find it on the internet looking for Chinese food products.

      Jacques on Mar 21, 2011 @ 6:59 pm Reply
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      That glaze looks and sounds fantastic.  Sweet and spicy – you’re playing my song.

      Cookin' Canuck on Mar 21, 2011 @ 7:31 pm Reply
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      Those meatballs look wonderful. I have got to try that glaze. What a great idea!!

      Homemade Sausage Blog on Mar 21, 2011 @ 9:23 pm Reply
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      Those look beyond amazing and looks like they would be great for entertaining.  Will have to try!

      Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos on Mar 23, 2011 @ 7:43 pm Reply
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      YUM! These sound so perfectly yummy!!!

      naomig on Mar 25, 2011 @ 9:52 pm Reply
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      I just made these for a potluck party! Everyone loved them, plus they were the first dish gone! I should have made two batches.

      Mindi on Apr 11, 2011 @ 1:30 am Reply

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