A Halloween appetizer recipe featuring Mediterranean-flavored meatballs made with red peppers, garlic, and a green pepper jelly sauce.
Transfer half of the vegetable mixture to a large mixing bowl and set the pan aside.
In the large bowl, add bread crumbs and milk, and stir to combine. Stir in the egg. Then, add in ground beef, chopped olives, orange zest, 1 1/2 tsp Kosher salt, pepper, and cloves. Using your hands, mix until all of the ingredients are evenly incorporated.
Roll about 2 tablespoons worth of the beef mixture into a ball and place them at least 1” apart on the baking sheets. Create a fairly deep well in the center of the meatball using your finger. Place an olive slice within the well of each meatball. Bake for 25 minutes.
While the meatballs are baking, finish the sauce. Return the saucepan to the stovetop over medium heat and add pepper jelly, juice of an orange, tomato paste, vinegar, soy sauce, and a 1/4 teaspoon of Kosher salt. Stir until the jelly has melted.
Once meatballs are cool enough to handle, transfer them to a serving dish, and pour over the jelly mixture. Serve and enjoy!
The Anthony Kitchen