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A holiday appetizer idea: Mini Beef Meatball Skewers with Cranberry Barbecue Sauce

Before bringing out the main course, however, there’s an important aspect of seasonal parties that calls everyone to the kitchen: savory appetizers. You can invite your guests to share an option like Holiday Mini Beef Meatball Skewers with Cranberry Barbecue Sauce, a festive, easy-to-make favorite that can tide the cravings of a hungry crowd.

Find more beef-inspired holiday dishes at BeefLovingTexans.com.

Holiday Mini Beef Meatball Skewers with Cranberry Barbecue Sauce

Recipe courtesy of Beef Loving Texans
Total time: 50 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients:

1          pound ground beef
1          cup fresh zucchini, grated
1          egg
1/2       teaspoon salt
1/4       teaspoon pepper
1          small yellow onion, diced 1/2 inch
2          red bell peppers, diced 1/2 inch
2          green bell peppers, diced 1/2 inch
12        skewers (6 inches)

Cranberry Barbecue Sauce:

1          can (16 ounces) whole berry cranberry sauce
3          tablespoons barbecue sauce

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 F.

In medium bowl, lightly mix ground beef, zucchini, egg, salt and pepper until thoroughly combined. Shape into 24 1-inch meatballs. Alternately thread meatballs, onions, red peppers and green peppers onto skewers. Place skewers on shallow-rimmed baking sheet.

Bake 22-25 minutes, or until instant-read thermometer inserted into center of meatball registers 160 F.

To make cranberry barbecue sauce: In medium saucepan, combine cranberry sauce and barbecue sauce; simmer 5 minutes, or until flavors blend.

Drizzle sauce over skewers or serve as dipping sauce.

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