Sunday, October 9, 2011

Meatballs for Halloween???

Hey everyone! Mexican Surprise Meatballs, how could I not make these for my PIGskin Challenge! Even though it says Mexican, there are no hot peppers or spices in the meatballs. You can add heat by using a hot Picante Sauce or Salsa if you'd like.

What's the surprise... an olive in the center of each meatball!

Now, as we're getting close to Halloween, 
I know there are lots of folks that like to tease the kids... do these remind you of anything?
I'm just sayin'...

Mexican Surprise Party Meatballs from Campbell's Kitchen
2 slices white bread, torn into bits
1/2 C milk
2lb ground beef
2 eggs
1/4 C onion, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 C parsley, finely chopped
1/2 tsp black pepper
50 small pimento stuffed Spanish olives
2 jars (16 oz each) Pace Picante Sauce
  1. Place bread and milk in bowl, let bread absorb milk. Add beef, eggs, onion, garlic, parsley and pepper.
  2. Mix and form into 50 1" meatballs. Place an olive in the center of each meatball. Put meatballs into 3 quart shallow baking dish.
  3. Bake 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until cooked.
  4. Put meatballs in 6 quart stock pot, add Picante Sauce and heat through.
  • I grated the garlic, didn't want biting into a chunk of that to be my "surprise".
  • This is a wet mix, I only added a splash of milk and they flattened out on the bottom. I wouldn't add all of the milk.
  • Even though the recipe does not call for salt, I think it needs some.
  • Using 1 Tblsp of meat, roll into a rough ball, indent it with your thumb, add the olive, then gently bring the meat closed around it. Then carefully roll it between your hands to make it round. Once you make one or two it goes fast. You could have this whole batch rolled in about 30 minutes or less.
  • I used a salsa I had on hand.
  • This is an easy recipe to cut in half or even quarter. 1/4 batch  made 13 meatballs.
  • I like these and think they're different, the reviews are very good. I'd like to try them one more time adding a little salt to see if they're something I'd say might become a signature dish for parties.
Have fun:@)

I'm joining:
On The Menu Monday
Terrorific Tuesday


  1. I don't know? Who does it remind you of? LOL I love meatballs, hold the olives!
    Meatballs are good with ground pork too!
    :) Just sayin'!

  2. I thought they looked like eyes!!! Perfect for kids of all ages (like me) who love to celebrate Halloween. xo

  3. What a neat surprise inside. Especially for the unsuspecting palate. Cute meatball face : )

  4. Wonderful! My grandies would love it. We always get together for a Halloween feast some time in the month. These are sure to be a crowd pleaser. Thanks for sharing! Now a new follower.

  5. Here's lookin at you kid! Great appetizer for a Halloween Party!

  6. Hi Lynn,
    fabulous recipe. Thank you for sharing.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  7. Yes it does look at you when you slice it open.Great recepie for Haloween:)

  8. I just made Pioneer Woman's comfort meatballs, Soooo good with mashed potatoes. Olives freak me out. Never have cared for them. But my husband loves them and would really like this. The rest of the recipe looks yummy though.

  9. i'm going to make these for my kids! found you thru stone gable. i love how you share your notes after the recipe. i'll be back often!

  10. Lynn,
    I think I would like the olives in the middle. Very good idea.

  11. I also see a pepper nose and sideways grin below the eyes. Just saying...

  12. Another great recipe - I can see a note card in front of them eyeballs with the eye cross out and the word meat written above them. The kids will love it.

  13. I love meatballs and these really do LOOK delish! The eyes resemble mine after hours on the computer!! Hehe
    Have a great week, Lynn

  14. That is what I thought as soon as I saw them. Eyeballs! Plus my kids all love green olives even my 3 yr old. How fun!

  15. You are too funny! And every time I think there is nothing new you could possibly do with a meatball... You're great!

    Blessing's Debbie

  16. Oh Yum!!!! Love the olive surprise in the center!

  17. Hi Lynn,
    I am very concerned about Earl. My little Jaque' began barking awhile ago and I ran out to see if it might be Earl, but it wasn't. Has Earl come home yet?
    Miz Helen

  18. Too funny...but looks like it would test great

  19. Loving the meatballs. They kind look like a face? Hubby loves hot sauce so he'll add to it. Thanks for the recipe sweet piggy. The pic is the original, my grands made a mess, but we used a rolling pin to brake the cookies and they came out just like it and with the jelly snakes, awesome, they still remember the fun! Have a super week. FABBY

  20. Love the meateyeballs! But I am wildly in love with that cake. Still thinking I need to do that for my godchildren. Now, Mr. Magpie has me going off next week. Sigh. So not sure when I am going to bake it.



  21. That's a fun meal for trick-or-treat night!! Kids love creepy-looking food!

  22. Lots of fun cooking with your recipes. I was planning a meatloaf for I think I'll just make it look like eyeballs. Thanks for the idea! I think I'll add a little spaghetti for a scary hairy look.!!!

  23. Yum ~ these look so good Lynn!

    I haven't met an olive I haven't loved, so you just KNOW I would love these. :D

    Good News for you ~ YOU WON THE TATE'S BAKE SHOP drawing!!!

    Please stop by my blog when you have a moment to claim your goodies.


  24. I made those goofy ice cube eyeballs with olives once. I think I'd really like the olive inside of the meatball. Sounds like a very tasty recipe. Funny to have the olive be the stuffing instead of the olive being stuffed ;)

  25. I love the effect when they are cut in half. You had me drooling before then as I am hungry and am visiting rather than cooking! Perfect for scaring the little ones. My little ones want to go looking for "the spooke".

  26. LOL! I think they are perfect for Halloween!

  27. I love the idea of that olive in the middle - YUM! Good treat.


  28. Great surprise, they look so good. bet the kids would like their meatballs staring back at them on Halloween!

  29. Love the spooky meatballs Lynn! Olives are always welcome on my plate :)

  30. Oh, how fun! I have to try these I think Lia would get a kick out of them....of course, so would Troy!

  31. These look good and perfect for Halloween.

    I always feel like...somebody's watching me.... :o)

  32. here's looking at you meatballs! clever! LOL

  33. Great Balls of fire..I just noticed all those eyeballs around that photo. BOOooo....

  34. So fun! Thanks for linking up to my Terrorific Tuesday party!!

  35. oh my gosh.. I've missed so many good treats here. Those meatballs look AWESOME!! I can't believe that I haven't made any spooky dinners this october!!
    The candy corn cake and those little mouse cupcakes look wonderful, I might have to make them.
    Hope that you are having a great week.


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