Sweet-Hot Sausage Meatballs

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Preparation time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins

Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 12-14 servings


•2 cans (8 ounces each) water chestnuts, drained
•1 pound bulk pork sausage
•1 pound bulk spicy pork sausage
•1/4 cup cornstarch
•1 cup maple syrup
•2/3 cup cider vinegar
•1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce


•In a blender, process water chestnuts until minced. Transfer to a large bowl; add sausage and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls.
• Place meatballs on a greased rack in a shallow baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°.
• Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine the cornstarch, syrup, vinegar and soy sauce; stir until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Drain meatballs; add to sauce and heat through. Yield: 12-14 servings.


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