Beer-Braised Meatballs

"I made these for my family and they scarfed 'em down! Next time I'm going to try them with ground turkey so I can have some too."
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  • Preheat oven to 400*.
  • Line broiler pan with foil and spray rack with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Combine all meatball ingredients together in a large bowl and shape into 1 inch meatballs.
  • Place meatballs on broiling rack and bake for 10 minutes or until browned.
  • Combine all sauce ingredients together in a large Dutch oven and bring to a boil.
  • Add meatballs and reduce heat.
  • Cover and simmer 20-30 minutes,stirring occasionally.

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  1. 16Paws
    Made this yesterday entirely in the crockpot. Mixed the meatballs, formed them and place in the crockpot. Then I mixed the sauce together, poured over the meatballs and cooked on low for 7 hours. OMG, these are good! The meatballs were melt in your mouth tender. Served over rice with a salad for a DH approved meal. Like other posters, next time I will double the meat as it does make a lot of sauce. Will definitely do in the crockpot again, so easy.
  2. HeidiRaisin
    I loved this! I didn't have any tomato paste, but it still turned out great. My boyfriend and I ate this with spaghetti, and we thought it was the perfect amount of sauce. Will definitely make this again!
  3. hellboy1975
    Great recipe! As pointed out already is a little too sweet, but that's easily fixed!
  4. Cindi Marie Bauer
    These meatballs and the tomato based sauce, were absolutely delish!! I doubled the recipe, but cutting back on the bread crumbs just a bit, (I only used 3/4 cup) even tho I doubled the recipe). If making a single batch of meatballs, I would only add a 1/3 cup, as I find that's plenty of bread crumbs. I baked the meatballs in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. If and when I make this dish again, I'm going to prepare a double batch of the meatballs, as I see I had plenty of sauce leftover. Even tho the sauce tasted great, I found it wasn't as thick as I hope it would of been. Also, it was a bit on the sweet side. My husband and I much prefered the sauce and meatballs over mashed potatoes, rather than on cooked noodles. If serving over mashed potatoes, the sauce doesn't taste overly sweet, but if you serve this over noodles, the sauce is a bit too sweet. I would suggest only adding 1/3 cup of the brown sugar to the sauce, but only if you serve this over cooked noodles. And by the way, I used dark brown sugar in this recipe. One more thing, I suggest simmering the sauce & meatballs for 30 minutes, to help thicken up the sauce. Thank you mydesigirl, for posting this wonderful meatball recipe. My husband and I really enjoyed it!
  5. 548171
    These are fantastic. I used ground turkey, cut the sugar to less than a 1/4 C & served them over egg noodles. Loved the idea of browning the meatballs in the oven first. It prevented them from falling apart. I also omitted the tomato paste; didn't think it needed it.



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