Cocktail Meatballs

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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1 pound lean ground beef

1 large egg

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (about 4 ounces)

1/2 cup breadcrumbs

1/2 onion, grated

1 clove garlic, grated

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon paprika

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1/4 cup ketchup

2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar

Sliced scallions, for topping


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine the beef, egg, cheese, breadcrumbs, onion, garlic, 2 teaspoons mustard, the Worcestershire sauce, paprika, 1 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper in a medium bowl; mix with your hands until combined. Form into 1 1/2-inch meatballs (about 24) and arrange on the prepared baking sheet.
  2. Mix the ketchup, brown sugar and remaining 1 teaspoon mustard in a small bowl and brush on the meatballs. Bake until lightly browned and cooked through, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a platter and top with scallions.