What the world needs now is another meatball variety, right?
Meatballs are versatile. I just had to try a barbecue meatball! These extraordinary meatballs amid a world of ordinary meatballs will definitely delight!
So take a listen to “I’m Glad There is You (In This World of Ordinary People)” sung by the extraordinary Frank Sinatra.
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- ½ cup long grain wild rice
- 1 cup 12-grain cereal
- 1 cup skim milk
- 1 red pepper
- 1 sweet potato
- 1 onion
- 1 cup mushrooms
- ½ cup prepared pesto
- 1½ cups broccoli
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1½ pounds ground round
- 1 pound sausage
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- Put Parmesan cheese, wild rice, and 12-grain cereal in the food processor and pulse several times to mince. Dump into a large mixing bowl.
- Pour milk over ingredients. Stir.
- Cut red pepper into chunks. Put in food processor.
- Peel sweet potato and onion then cut into small chunks. Put sweet potato and onion chunks, onion, and mushrooms in food processor.
- Pulse all ingredients together until minced. Add to the mixing bowl.
- Put pesto and broccoli in food processor. Pulse to mince. Add to the mixing bowl.
- Add salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper in mixing bowl.
- Mix together with a large spoon.
- Add ground round and sausage.
- Mix thoroughly with your hands.
- Shape into meatballs 3 inches across and 1 inch high. Place on baking sheet just touching each other.
- Bake for 1 hour.
- Remove from oven and turn meatballs over.
- Bake for 5 more minutes.
- Remove from oven.
- Serve with barbecue sauce spooned over the top of individual meatballs.
- In a large sauce pan, combine vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar, honey, red pepper flakes, and black pepper.
- Over medium-low heat, simmer for 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat.
- Serve by spooning barbecue sauce over individual meatballs.