Super Bowl Food: Spicy Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce

Oh.MY. These homemade meatballs will set your kitchen on FIRE they’re so spicy! They’re delicious and exactly the way we like them. Of course exactly HOW hot you make these tasty little meatballs is up to you. They are PERFECT for the food table at your Super Bowl Party this Sunday. Better yet, they’re easy to make; you can make them ahead of time and reheat them when you’re ready to serve.

homemade meatballs and tzatziki sauce for the super bowl party

The magic ingredient in these spicy meatballs is Srirachi Sauce–or any Asian chili sauce. I actually added a half a cup of this very hot sauce and it was perfect….for US. I’ve found a couple of recipes that seem to indicate that many people like between a teaspoon and tablespoon of chili sauce. For us, we needed to kick it up several notches.

spicy meatballs to dip in tzatziki sauce

Homemade Spicy Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce

Ingredients:

-meatballs

  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground sausage
  • 1 egg
  • 2 T. very finely chopped onion
  • 2 T. very finely chopped bell pepper
  • 1/2 c. breadcrumbs
  • half of a 10-ounce package of chopped, frozen spinach, thawed
  • 3/4 t. salt
  • 3/4 t. coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 T. minced garlic
  • 1 t. smoky paprika
  • Srirachi sauce (if you prefer mild food, only add a teaspoon. If you LOVE spicy food, add as much as 1/2 cup!)
  • 2 ounces of  crumbled feta cheese

-Tzatziki Sauce (Cucumber Yogurt sauce)

  • 1/2 c. plain yogurt
  • 1/4 c. sour cream
  • 4 green onions, chopped very fine
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped very fine
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and grated
  • 1/2 t. fresh mint (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 350°.

Mix all the meatball ingredients together in a large bowl and squish together thoroughly with your hands. Add the Srirachi and feta cheese last of all.

ingredients for homemade meatballsmeatball ingredients mashed together

 

Shape the meat mixture into 1 inch meatballs and BAKE  30-40 minutes (no, do not waste a moment frying these little babies. BAKING them is so much easier!) I tried baking these meatballs on a rack set on a jelly roll pan and also on a regular baking sheet. Hands down, I preferred the meatballs that baked on the rack. They were more evenly done and didn’t stick to the cookie sheet when I moved them to the platter. A cookie sheet will work (and I’m thinking that parchment would help with the sticking) so don’t sweat it if you don’t have a rack to bake these on.

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While the meatballs are baking, stir together all the ingredients for the Tzatziki sauce. This cool sauce provides the perfect contrast for the spiciness of the meatballs.

meatballs and tzatziki sauce

Serve the meatballs by sticking a straight pretzel into each one as an edible toothpick. This will allow you to dip the meatball into the sauce AND it will save you from needing to walk around the party with toothpicks in your hand after you eat your snacks.

Now for the disclaimers and confessions: first off, I made two batches of meatballs at the same time so I didn’t have that awkward 1/2 a package of frozen spinach lying about. Also, I used venison and pork sausage instead of ground beef and pork sausage. And YOU can use whatever meat you so desire. My son pointed out that if I’d mixed in some ground lamb, I would have had a distinctively gyros-vibe with these meatballs. If you don’t eat pork, just use a full pound of whatever ground meat you want.

Seriously, I WAY over-spiced these meatballs because we love super spicy food. We’re weird that way. If you are pretty sure you don’t want a kitchen fire or that special burning feeling all the way down your throat into your belly, you can reduce the amount of Sriracha sauce and these meatballs will still wow you with their great big flavor.

Next: Italian Meatballs and Marinara Sauce for those who need something a little less spicy.

Barb

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Super Bowl Food: Spicy Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • -meatballs
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground sausage
  • 1 egg
  • 2 T. very finely chopped onion
  • 2 T. very finely chopped bell pepper
  • 1/2 c. breadcrumbs
  • half a 10-ounce package of chopped frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 3/4 t. salt
  • 3/4 t. coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 T. minced garlic
  • 1 t. smoky paprika
  • Srirachi sauce (if you prefer mild food, only add a teaspoon. If you LOVE spicy food, add as much as 1/2 cup!)
  • 2 ounces of crumbled feta cheese
  • -Tzatziki Sauce (Cucumber Yogurt sauce)
  • 1/2 c. plain yogurt
  • 1/4 c. sour cream
  • 4 green onions, chopped very fine
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped very fine
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and grated
  • 1/2 t. fresh mint (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°.

Mix all the meatball ingredients together in a large bowl and squish together thoroughly with your hands. Add the Srirachi and feta cheese last of all.

Shape the meat mixture into 1 inch meatballs and BAKE 30-40 minutes (no, do not waste a moment frying these little babies. BAKING them is so much easier!) I tried baking these meatballs on a rack set on a jelly roll pan and also on a regular baking sheet. Hands down, I preferred the meatballs that baked on the rack. They were more evenly done and didn’t stick to the cookie sheet when I moved them to the platter. A cookie sheet will work (and I’m thinking that parchment would help with the sticking) so don’t sweat it if you don’t have a rack to bake these on.

While the meatballs are baking, stir together all the ingredients for the Tzatziki sauce. This cool sauce provides the perfect contrast for the spiciness of the meatballs.

Serve the meatballs by sticking a straight pretzel into each one as an edible toothpick.

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