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Manhattan Meatballs Recipe

Manhattan Meatballs
Manhattan meatballs, do they come from New York? I don’t really know a lot about these meatballs but they were great! The meatballs themselves had great texture and flavor and I definitely found the sauce to be a bit interesting. The sauce is nothing more than a simple combination of BBQ sauce and apricot preserves. The combination gives the sauce a tangy, sweet and slightly smokey flavor. The meatballs were very moist due to the use of soft breadcrumbs instead of dry. For browning you have two options – you can either brown in a pan on the stove top or brown in the oven before transferring to a baking dish. I prefer the oven method myself as it saves time and is less work. I served these meatballs on top of white rice. Enjoy.
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Manhattan Meatballs Recipe

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  • 1lb ground beef
  • ½ cup onion (chopped)
  • 2 cups soft breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 10 ounces apricot preserves
  • 2 tablespoons margarine (if pan frying)
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce


  1. In a large bowl combine beef, crumbs, onion, eggs, fresh parsley and salt. Mix together and shape into meatballs.
  2. Brown meatballs in margarine in a pan on the stove top or put on a baking sheet and brown in the oven at 350 degrees to save time.
  3. Once browned place meatballs in a casserole dish.
  4. In a bowl combine barbecue sauce and apricot preserves. Pour mixture over meatballs and bake in the oven for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • Author: Bobby

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Monday 2nd of May 2011

i tried the manhattan meatballs - they were a great success. even my husband liked them, and he's not a fan of meatballs. thanx! ps i added a bit of red wine to the sauce.


Sunday 19th of December 2010

I always make this with curly noodles. Try it using ground turkey. For a change use other jellies such as orange or grape.


Saturday 19th of July 2008

this looks gooood!


Wednesday 16th of July 2008

To be very true, Your recipe make me crazy and am feeling very hungry now. Perhaps I should go for it tonight. Thanks for sharing the great recipe.


Tuesday 15th of July 2008

grace - thanks, I really enjoyed them.

Andy - Haha, would be a little too sweet for me I think :D

Lobster Recipe - You know it, the glaze is dominant :)

Cindy - I can imagine, I would love to try it with noodles sometime.

Vani - Thanks for the compliments on my photos!

diva - It's really good, give it a try.

Kevin - So many uses for apricot preserves...