Easy Appetizer Meatballs


Only two ingredients create a great twist on a familiar and favorite appetizer. These are best if they are heated for a while before serving, as the juice will turn into a bit of a glaze.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
24 meatballs


  • 1 pound ground pork sausage

  • 1 pound ground spicy pork sausage

  • 1 (6 ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed


  1. Combine pork sausage and spicy pork sausage together in a bowl using your hands. Form mixture into meatballs, about 1 tablespoon each.

  2. Fry meatballs in a skillet over medium heat until browned and completely cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

  3. Transfer meatballs to a large bowl and add 1/2 of the orange juice concentrate; gently toss to coat, adding more if needed to completely coat.

  4. Put meatballs in a slow cooker and add the remaining orange juice concentrate; turn on Low setting to keep warm before serving.


Finely chop 2 tablespoons of fresh mint and blend in when adding the juice concentrate.

Add 3 tablespoons finely minced red onion. This is also good with the mint.

If you really like it spicy, add red pepper flakes to taste.

Add 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar and 2 to 3 tablespoons cider vinegar depending upon taste, for more of a sweet and sour flavor.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

202 Calories
14g Fat
8g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 202
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 556mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 25mg 125%
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 278mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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