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July 17, 2013

Coca-Cola Meatballs



Comforting, rich, tangy and saucy Coca-Cola Meatballs - my family's favorite dinner choice ! Serve over pasta, rice or mashed potatoes


You should know by now that I am a Coca-Cola addict.  Not just any Cola - the real thing Coca-Cola, not diet or light ... These Coca-Cola Meatballs are amazing !

I have found that when used in recipes it gives an amazing taste - sweet dishes are a little sweeter, but fuller, and savory dishes a bit of a tangy taste and it adds richness to the recipe as well.

These meatballs can be made in golf ball sizes {which is what I did} and served over pasta with the sauce for a delicious dinner - OR make them a little smaller, insert a toothpick after baking and serve with the sauce as a dip at a party.

Cheri was home for the weekend and she is a huge fan of meatballs, but I wanted to try a new recipe and found one on the Mr. Food website which you can find HERE.

Comforting, rich, tangy and saucy Coca-Cola Meatballs - my family's favorite dinner choice ! Serve over pasta, rice or mashed potatoes

***NOTE: You can also use a whole Green Bell Pepper - add half to the meatball mixture before forming into balls and half (as below) in the sauce.

Coca-Cola Meatballs



15 Meatballs

INGREDIENTS:

500g Lean Ground Beef    (just over 1 pound)
1/2 cup Seasoned Bread Crumbs
1 Egg
1 TB Water
1 Onion, chopped finely, divided
1/2 t Salt, divided
1/2 t Freshly Ground Black Pepper, divided
2 t Garlic, crushed
1 cup Tomato Sauce    (thick ketch-up)
1 cup Coca-Cola
2 TB Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 Green Bell Pepper, chopped finely   (***See note above recipe)

DIRECTIONS:
1.) Pre-heat the oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F) - Spray a 20 x 30cm oven dish with cooking spray.
2.) In a large mixing bowl, combine the Beef, Bread Crumbs, Egg, Water, half of the chopped Onion, (half of the Green Bell Pepper, if using) half the Salt and half the Black Pepper - mix well and form into balls - place in a single layer on the prepared oven dish.
3.) In a small bowl, mix together the remaining Onion, Salt, and Pepper - add the Garlic, Tomato Sauce, Coca-Cola, Worcestershire Sauce and the Green Bell Pepper - pour over the meatballs.
4.) Bake 50 - 60 minutes {turning twice} until sauce is bubbly and the meatballs are fully cooked.

LINDA

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Comforting, rich, tangy and saucy Coca-Cola Meatballs - my family's favorite dinner choice ! Serve over pasta, rice or mashed potatoes

18 comments:

  1. I think these sound great, Linda! My kiddos like meatballs too - but I never think to make them! I've pinned this to try :)

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  2. Linda these sound so good, I booked marked them so when I have the kids here I am cooking these and putting them on a sub roll.

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  3. Have a coke and a smile! I know some folks that will love trying these. They are meatball die hards. I use Dr. Pepper a lot for flavor it is kind of the same concept. Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend.

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  4. I totally agree about Coke being the real deal--and I'm sure it is awesome in these meatballs!

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  5. Hi Linda,
    Your Coca Cola Meatballs are awesome, we would just love this flavor. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
    Miz Helen

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  6. Yum! Looks delicious!
    Thanks for sharing
    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

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  7. Do you use tomato sauce or ketchup?

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    1. In South-Africa our tomato sauce is what we use over burgers, fries, hotdogs etc (same use as ketchup) but the tomato sauce I use is thick. Thin tomato sauce or thin ketchup will need a thickening ingredient perhaps add a bit of tomato paste ?

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    2. Thanks, can't wait to try these.

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    3. Crushed tomatoes might be a good sub for ketchup/thin tomato sauce.

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  8. Not enough seasoning for me so will have to adjust, they were neither savory or sweet, I am sure kids would like them.

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  9. What would be good sides to go with these?

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    1. Nicole, I just about never serve the meatballs the same way - starches could be rice, mashed potatoes, baby potatoes, pasta etc and I usually add 2 side dishes, during warm weather it would be two salads and cold weather two vegetable sides (any salad or vegetable go well with the meatballs)

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    2. Thank you! I cant wait to make them tonight as I grew up on Coca-Cola ribs so im sure there just as good.

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  10. Hi Nicole,

    would you be able to make these in a crock pot or slow cooker? and if so, would the recipe need to be adjusted in any way? I would really like to try these, but my oven is currently out of commission.

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    1. Hi Nancy !
      I have actually made these meatballs in the slow-cooker before, the recipe remains the same, but it will have to cook longer, mine took 5 hours on slow (with one gentle stir after 3 hours), so I'd say anything from 4 - 6 hours on low as sow-cookers vary as well as the size of the meatballs (golf ball size, or a little less, is my favorite)

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    2. Thank you for the quick reply. I am definately making these this weekend. They sound super yummy

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