Frugal Foodie Mama: Holiday Meatball Wreath Appetizer

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Holiday Meatball Wreath Appetizer

This easy to make, yet elegant Holiday Meatball Wreath Appetizer is sure to steal the show at your next holiday party or get-together...

This easy to make, yet elegant Holiday Meatball Wreath Appetizer is sure to steal the show at your next holiday party or get-together.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carando®. All opinions are entirely my own. 



One thing that I really love about the holidays is being able to host & entertain. I love to invite over a small group of family & friends for a little cookie baking party or maybe for hot cocoa & to watch Christmas movies. I always seem to host at least one cocktail or wine party before the start of the New Year. 

I prefer my holiday get-togethers to be casual, simple yet elegant, & as fuss-free as possible for me. I mean, what holiday hostess wants to be spending all her time in the kitchen & not mingling with her loved ones? (Not me! ;) )

That is why my new go-to for holiday appetizers this season is the tasty selection of Fresh Italian Style Carando® Meatballs that I can pick up in the refrigerated meat aisle at my local Food Lion. Not only are Carando meatballs easy & convenient (you only have to brown them in the oven for 20 minutes!), but they are also authentically crafted for the perfect texture & amazing flavor without you having to do any of the work...


This easy to make, yet elegant Holiday Meatball Wreath Appetizer is sure to steal the show at your next holiday party or get-together.



This easy to make, yet elegant Holiday Meatball Wreath Appetizer is sure to steal the show at your next holiday party or get-together.


Right now happens to be the perfect time to head over to your local Food Lion & stock up on your favorite Carando meatballs! From 12/5-12/12/18, you can receive savings on all varieties of Carando meatballs when you use the Entry Point Kiosk. (Offers will vary based on your MVP rewards loyalty card.)




This easy to make, yet elegant Holiday Meatball Wreath Appetizer is sure to steal the show at your next holiday party or get-together.


The ingredients for this impressive, Italian inspired Holiday Meatball Wreath Appetizer are so simple- your favorite Carando meatballs from Food Lion, pasta sauce, cherry tomatoes, mini mozzarella balls, & fresh parsley or basil. That's it, folks! Once the meatballs are cooked through, you can have this meatball wreath assembled & out for holiday guests to munch on in just 15 minutes. Quick, easy, festive, & crowd-pleasing! 




This easy to make, yet elegant Holiday Meatball Wreath Appetizer is sure to steal the show at your next holiday party or get-together.


Here are a few tips & suggestions for making this meatball wreath appetizer:
  • I used the Carando Abruzzese Italian Meatballs in this, but feel free to try Carando's other meatball varieties like their Mozzarella Rustica or their Sicilian varieties instead.
  • To make this appetizer even quicker & easier to assemble, skip heating the pasta sauce. 
  • I used plain mini mozzarella balls in my wreath appetizer, but try swapping in marinated ones for a little extra zing.
  • To make it easier for your party guests to help themselves, serve this platter with festive party picks instead of plates & forks to turn this into a fun & tasty finger food. 

This easy to make, yet elegant Holiday Meatball Wreath Appetizer is sure to steal the show at your next holiday party or get-together.



Yield: Serves 6

Holiday Meatball Wreath Appetizer

prep time: 15 mins cook time: 20 mins total time: 35 mins

ingredients:


  • 16 oz pkg of Carando Abruzzese Fresh Italian Style Meatballs
  • A jar of your favorite pasta sauce
  • 1/2 pint of cherry tomatoes
  • 6 oz of fresh mini mozzarella balls
  • fresh parsley sprigs or basil leaves

instructions

Prepare the meatballs according to the package directions. Once cooked thoroughly & browned, set aside & keep warm.
Heat the pasta sauce according to the directions on the jar, if desired.

On a large round platter, spoon out 12 generous tablespoon-sized dollops of the pasta sauce around the outside of the platter. Place a meatball in the center of each pasta sauce dollop. Place a sprig of parsley or basil in between each meatball. Arrange the cherry tomatoes & mozzarella balls in a pretty pattern inside the ring of meatballs leaving room for a small serving dish of extra pasta sauce in the middle.

Serve immediately with party picks, if desired. 
Enjoy!
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