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Creole Meatballs for the Big Game

Creole Meatballs

Score big with these scrumptious meatballs on game day. Your family and friends will be asking for an instant replay! These delicious creole meatballs are perfect for an appetizer, or you can serve them as an entrée with a rice side dish or as main component of a hearty sandwich, using crusty rolls. Either way, touchdown!

Creole Meatballs

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 2 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1/4  cup  chopped onion
  • eggs  slightly beaten
  • 1 cup  tomato juice
  • 1 cup  dry bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp.  salt
  • 1/2  tsp. thyme
  • 1/3  tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2  tsp. MSG
  • Flour for rolling
  • 1/3  cup  cooking oil
  • 1 cup  onion  sliced
  • 3/4  cup  green pepper  chopped
  • 1/2  cup  chopped celery
  • 3 cups  sliced mushrooms
  • 5 cups  canned tomatoes
  • bay leaf  crushed
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/3  tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/4  cup  wine  sweet


  1. Mix first 10 ingredients together and form into 1 inch meatballs.
  2. Roll in flour and set aside.
  3. Using a large skillet, sauté onions, green pepper, celery and mushrooms in oil; transfer vegetables to large saucepan when nicely sautéed.
  4. Brown meatballs in same skillet; add to saucepan with the sautéed vegetables. Add the remaining 5 ingredients to make the sauce.
  5. Cover and simmer 30 minutes. Serve hot as desired.

Recipe Notes

If desired, thicken sauce using 1-2 Tbsp. of flour mixed with 1/4 cup water.

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Photo credit: Flickr user, Alan Levine

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