INGREDIENTS: Tailgate Party Meatballs
1½ lbs ground beef
1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
¼ cup milk
2 tbs. green onions, thinly sliced
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
10 oz. apricot preserves
12 oz. chili sauce
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
Juice of 1 orange
¼ tsp kosher salt
1 tbsp corn starch
1 tbsp cold water
In a large bowl, combine breadcrumbs and milk. Allow mixture to sit for 5 minutes so the breadcrumbs moisten.
Add green onions, eggs, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and ground beef. Mix lightly until combined, do not over mix.
Form meat into even balls, a little smaller than a golf ball. Note: You should get about 20-24 meatballs out of 1½ lbs. ground beef.
Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil. Place baking or cooling racks on the sheet pan so that meatballs are elevated while baking.
Place meatballs on the racks and bake in a preheated 375º oven for 30 minutes. The fat will collect on the aluminum foil and not on your meatballs. If you do not have racks available, just bake directly on the foiled sheet pan and drain cooked meatballs on paper towels to absorb grease.
While the meatballs are cooking, prepare sauce.
Heat a saucepan large enough the hold the meatballs over medium high heat. Add the apricot preserves, chili sauce, brown sugar, red wine vinegar, orange juice, and salt. Melt together and bring to a bubble.
In a small bowl dissolve cornstarch in the water. Slowly whisk this into the simmering sauce. This will thicken the sauce slightly. Let sauce simmer over low heat.
When the meatballs are finished baking, remove from oven and add to simmering sauce. Toss meatballs in the sauce to coat and simmer over low heat for 20-30 minutes.
Serve hot or warm.
INGREDIENTS: Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
½ cup light brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
1¼ cup flour
1 cup semi sweet mini chocolate chips
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp baking soda
Preheat oven to 375º.
Mix the butter and sugars with a hand mixer or stand mixer until creamed together. Add the egg and vanilla extract, mixing well. Add the flour, salt, baking powder and mix until just combined. Add chocolate chips and mix until incorporated.
Line 2 cookie sheets with aluminum foil, and spray lightly with non stick cooking spray.
Drop rounded teaspoons full of dough 2 inches apart. It will make around 24 cookies.
Bake for 9-10 minutes, until browned around the edges and still a little under-cooked in the center. The cookies will continue to bake after you pull them from the oven. Allow to cool for a few minutes before removing them to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Autry Greer & Sons
2850 West Main Street
Prichard, AL 36612
www.greers.com for locations and hours
ABOUT THE BUSINESS:
Greer's has been in business for 95 years and currently has 29 locations across Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. We are your local grocery store. We offer top quality Black Angus beef, all natural pork and chicken. We have a butcher in every store where meat is cut and ground fresh 7 days a week. We offer a pick 5 program that is a great value to our customers, as well as an extensive dollar aisle, and two great private label brands- Best Choice and Always Save. We offer competitive pricing and outstanding customer service. At Greer's you are treated like family, we guarantee it!
ABOUT THE GUEST:
Lucy Greer is part of the 5th generation at Greer's. She supervises all 13 delis as well as heads our catering branch, Greer's Catering as our corporate chef. She attended Auburn University where she received her business degree. She then attended culinary school at Culinard in Birmingham, AL.
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