Walnut Meatballs With Apricot Barbecue Sauce

"Found in the Cooking Pleasures magazine. I am always on the look out for vegetarian foods since my daughter started eating no meat. These actually look good. I am posting here for her. I have not tried this recipe. But I am planning this as a meal when she comes home for a visit."
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24 meatballs



  • 34 cup apricot preserves
  • 12 cup apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice)
  • 12 cup ketchup
  • 14 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons onions, grated
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 12 teaspoon oregano, fresh finely chopped
  • 1 dash hot pepper sauce (like tobasco)

  • 4 cups rice, cooked (white or brown)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 14 cups soda crackers, crushed about 36 crackers
  • 34 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 34 cup walnuts, ground
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons parsley, fresh minced
  • 1 12 teaspoons sage, ground
  • 12 teaspoon salt


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Bring all sauce ingredients to a boil in a medium sauce pan. Cool.
  • Lightly spray a 13x9 inch glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Gently combine all meatball ingredients by hand in a large bowl.
  • Shape into 24 (1 1/2 inch) meatballs and place in prepared baking dish.
  • Pour sauce over meatballs.
  • Bake 30 minutes or until meatballs are firm and sauce is bubbling all over and slightly thickened.
  • If you want to serve over rice, you will need to double the sauce ingredients.

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  1. Fishermanswife73
    We enjoyed this and I'm sure your daughter will too! The sauce was just barely enough to cover the meatballs so I might double it next time. The leftovers are also very tasty today! I served it with Onions Parmesan and it was a hit, thanks for the recipe!


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