Sweet & Tangy Meatball Appetizer

Haskap Hot Pepper Preserve

Haskap Sweet & Tangy Meatball Appetizer

Sweet & Tangy Meatball Appetizer

Use Haskap Hot Pepper Preserve to make the easiest appetizer ever!  Serve with a party-pick topped with tortellini pasta, or in a slider bun, these savoury meatballs are delicious!  They also work well with pasta, rice, or potato dishes for a more complete meal entrée.
Prep Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Servings 20 meatballs


  • 250 ml jar Haskap Hot Pepper Preserve
  • 1 lb ground beef  or ½ lb each of ground beef and pork
  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper 
  • 1 tsp Italian mixed spice blend
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil


  • In a medium bowl, combine ground meat, breadcrumbs, egg, and seasonings.  Mix thoroughly.
  • Use a small ice cream scope or your hands to make a small meatball, bite-size.  Repeat to use all of the meatball mixture.
  • In a skillet or frying pan, heat the oil and quickly brown the meatballs, use tongs to turn frequently.  
  • Transfer them to a slow cooker; set the slow cooker to high for 2 hours.  Test for doneness at 165°F/75°C.
  • When done place in a casserole dish.  Pour the Haskap Hot Pepper Preserve over the meatballs, stir to coat the meatballs.  Best served warm – enjoy!


Slow-cooker recipe, cook time 2 hours OR purchase pre-cooked Italian meatballs and follow manufacturer’s instructions to reheat and add Haskap Highlands Haskap Hot Pepper Preserve.
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