I made two types of appetizer meatballs for our 2010 Christmas Party. The first, Cranberry Cabernet Meatballs, were a huge hit and 2 lbs completely disappeared quick. The second meatball appetizer I made were Spicy Asian Meatballs based on a sub recipe I found online.
The sauce I used for my appetizer was inspired by a recipe on Food Network for Asian Meatball Subs With Hoisin Mayonnaise. Picture above from FN.com. The ingredient list was lengthy but the bones of the recipe sounded just divine!
1 cup hoisin sauce
1/2 cup mayonnaise
4 tablespoons fresh lime juice (there is no harm in using the bottled stuff if that is what you have on hand)
4-8 teaspoons Asian chili-garlic sauce (you control the level of spice with this ingredient)
½ cup chopped scallions to garnish (optional)
In a medium-size saucepan over medium heat, add all the ingredients except meatballs; stir to combine. Let simmer for 5 minutes, stirring often.
I found a whisk to work best in incorporating all the ingredients. The sauce thickened up nicely and the flavors were bold and spot on!
Remove from heat and either add cooked meatballs and serve... or you could let it cool and place in the fridge overnight. I made the sauce the night before the party and refrigerated overnight.
The night of our Christmas party I baked the meatballs in the oven and warmed the sauce on the stove top. Then serve the cooked meatballs with the sauce and garnish with scallions. It's a beautiful presentation (sorry I didn't get any pictures.)
For the meatballs, you can either heat them in the microwave or oven and then stir into the sauce and serve. Likewise, if you are putting this into a crockpot, you could add the cooked and frozen meatballs into the sauce and turn the crockpot on high for an hour or so until the meatballs are thawed and hot.
These meatball appetizers were my favorite for flavor and ease of preparation! Be bold in the kitchen my friends!