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Smoky Strawberry-Chipotle Compote Bacon-Meatballs - AMAZING!

This Strawberry Chipotle Meatball Appetizer

This Strawberry Chipotle Meatball Appetizer is smoky, sweet, and over-the-top delicious. It's outstanding and your guests will flip for it!

Makes about 2-dozen

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword bite-sized hors d'oeuvres, appetizers for parties
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 77 kcal
Author Valentina K. Wein


For the compote

For the meatballs

  • 3 strips applewood smoked bacon
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


For the compote

  1. Coat the bottom of a small saucepan or sauté pan with a bit of grapeseed oil. Add the strawberries, onions, and chipotles.

  2. Place the pan over low heat and cook, stirring form time to time, until the mixture is soft and resembles preserves, about 15 minutes.
  3. Add the brown sugar and season to taste with salt. (Here's How to Season to Taste.) Set aside.

For the meatballs

  1. Place a large sauté pan over medium heat and add the bacon and cook until it's crispy.
  2. Remove the bacon from the pan and place it on a paper towel-lined plate to drain. (Do not remove any of the bacon grease from the pan.)
  3. Crumble the bacon in tiny pieces and mix it with the ground beef, salt and a few turns of black pepper.
  4. Shape the meat into balls that are approximately 1 -inch (bite-sized), placing them on a large plate as you go. (If you have a cookie scoop about this size, that's prefect.)
  5. Turn the heat to medium-low heat under the same pan you used for the bacon (with the grease). Add the meatballs and cook for about 2 minutes to brown the bottoms. Then turn the meatballs over, cover the pan, and reduce the heat to low. Let them cook and steam for about 3 more minutes, just until they are cooked through.
  6. Warm the compote and use a small spoon to add about ¾ teaspoon to the top of each meatball.
  7. Place them on a serving platter or plate and stick a toothpick in each one.
  8. Serve!