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 Chipotle Mini Meatballs
     1 lb twice-ground beef  1 lb twice-ground pork
     2 cups white sourdough bread, cut into chunks (no crust)  1/2 cup whole milk
     2 large eggs  1 tsp dried Mexican oregano
     1 large onion, minced finely, divided  8 cloves garlic, minced finely, divided
     2 28 oz cans whole, peeled tomatoes in sauce, roughly chopped  1 can chipotle chilis in adobo, roughly chopped (or to taste)
     1/2 cup water  1/2 cup apricot preserves
     4-6 tbs olive oil, or as needed  Salt and pepper to taste
Chipotle Mini Meatballs
Mix first 6 ingredients with half the garlic and onion and salt and pepper. Don't overmix - mixture will be wet. Divide into mini meatballs and lay on a baking sheet. Cover and refrigerate.

Next, saute the other half of the onion and garlic until softened in a tbs of olive oil, then add chipotles and tomatoes. Bring to a simmer and cover.

Next, saute meatballs quickly in olive oil, just until browned. Don't cook the meat all the way through or your meatballs may be tough. Once browned, add the meatballs to the chipotle-tomato sauce.

Add about 1/2 cup water if needed to the sauce to make it thin enough to simmer (covered) and completely cook the meatballs. (10 minutes) Uncover, add apricot preserves and continue to simmer until sauce is thickened (30-40 minutes). Serve immediately or let cool and store in refrigerator, reheating before serving.
 Categories:  Appetizer, beef, pork
 Estimated Serving:  20
 Estimated preparation time:  15 min.
 Language:  English
 Shared by:  Jilly    2009/12/10
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