1 small onion — minced
3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
2 garlic cloves
1 1/4 cups finely crushed saltine crackers — or bread crumbs
1 cup minced walnuts — or pecans
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt — or to taste
1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash Italian seasoning — optional
1/4 teaspoon dried sage
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 tablespoons vegetable oil — or canola oil
1/4 cup lemon juice — or white vinegar
3/4 cup apricot jam
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup minced onion
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 dash hot sauce — optional
Mix sage, minced small onion, parsley, garlic, crushed crackers, ground nuts, cottage cheese, and cheddar cheese together.
Add salt, Italian seasoning, sage and thyme. Mix well.
Form the mixture into 2-inch balls. Place them in a 9×13 baking dish.
In another bowl, whisk together the vegetable oil, vinegar, apricot jam, ketchup, 1/4 cup minced onions, oregano and optional hot sauce.
Pour evenly over neatballs. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 35 to 40 minutes, until meatballs are firm and the sauce is thick and bubbly.
Makes 15 servings
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