Hubby loves meatballs. They can be with or without sauce. He just plain loves those little nuggets of joy. He prefers my homemade ones but the mini party meatballs from Trader Joe’s work just fine too. Of course, those need to be sauced up. With the simplicity of the frozen variety, a great sauce is just what the doctor ordered.
Since 2013 kicked off, work for both of us has been crazy busy and stressful. Our Friday nights are sacred to us and highly cherished. Recently we had some friends join us for our weekly tradition. I wanted to go simple yet pack a “punch of flavor” and create my own sauce recipe.
While driving to work, I often pass the time by creating new recipes in my head and then test them out over the weekend. This recipe for Whiskey Apricot Meatballs was just one of those creations conjured up while in commute traffic. The result was one tasty meatball. Let’s just say that both hubby and friends were smiling.
If you want a quick and simple appetizer to serve for a cocktail party or simply watching your favorite sports game over the weekend, this is a winner.
Whiskey Apricot Meatballs
12 oz. Jar of Chili Sauce
18 oz. Jar of Apricot Preserves
1/3 Cup Whiskey
½ Cup Dried Apricots, small dice
1 Lb. Frozen Meatballs (I used the Mini Party Meatballs from Trader Joe’s)
In a medium pot, add the chili sauce, apricot preserves, whiskey and diced dried apricots and heat over medium until slightly bubbling. Add the frozen meatballs and let simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Serve in a bowl or in a small chaffing dish to keep warm.
Note: Feel free to add additional whiskey if that suits your palate.