Chestnut Meatballs

Chestnut Meatballs with Cointreau Fig Crème Fraîche is a fancy appetizer made to taste like roasted chestnuts in mini meatball form.

You are going to love these original Chestnut Meatballs!

Things that annoy me: when I think that I’ve come up with a brand new recipe that no one has ever made before. I get really excited and anxious to see what the flavors will turn into and then I find out that (my idols) Barefoot Contessa or Giada have already done it. It can be so frustrating! But, the fact is, we live in a life with an abundance of talented chefs, food bloggers and home cooks. That also means we can never say there is a lack of inspiration and goals.


My annoyance has happened several times in the past, but not this time.  Wanting a christmas-fied appetizer to be served with some bubbly, I decided to focus on chestnuts. I was super surprised when I couldn’t find a recipe anywhere that uses real chestnuts in meatballs.  It could possibly already be a thing, but I did my due diligence (swear!).

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Chestnut Meatballs are made possible by peeled and pre-cooked chestnut (available at TJ’s!).

I absolutely LOVE William Sonoma’s Butternut Squash Soup and we make it every Christmas (highly recommend!).  They suggest putting cream and chopped chestnuts on top for garnish and it seriously makes the soup. The chestnuts come ready to use, peeled and steamed. With fingers crossed, I hoped these chestnuts would work my meatballs.

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Chestnut Meatballs come together with fall spices and the traditional ingredients for juiciness.

I researched how to cook pre-cooked chestnuts and learned that they consist of a lot of water, so you need more than you think.  With that in mind, I added a sh** ton of minced chestnuts and they came together with the below ingredients:

  1. Shallots, sage and rosemary for a comforting flavor.
  2. Panko breadcrumbs for lightness.
  3. Egg for bonding power.
  4. Cointreau Fig Crème Fraîche for an orange-infused compliment.

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Roasted chestnut meatballs, holiday appetizer, ideas, recipes, beef, mini, party apps, Cointreau Fig Crème Fraîche, christmas, baked, easy, homemade, healthy

Roasted chestnut meatballs, holiday appetizer, ideas, recipes, beef, mini, party apps, Cointreau Fig Crème Fraîche, christmas, baked, easy, homemade, healthy

Here’s to hoping you love my Chestnut Meatballs!

The Jolly Hostess twist this week is all about chestnuts (roasted on an open fire) and can be made for any holiday celebration. Rich and made to dip in a Cointreau Fig Crème Fraîche. You’re so fancy, all you need is the champagne!

Need another holiday app? Make sure to see Sweet Potato Bites with Herbed Ricotta & Honey!

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Chestnut Meatballs with Cointreau Fig Crème Fraîche is a fancy appetizer made to taste like roasted chestnuts in mini meatball form. 
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
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Cointreau Fig Crème Fraîche
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
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Cointreau Fig Crème Fraîche
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Instructions
  1. Set oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Thoroughly hand mix ingredients from ground beef to panko breadcrumbs in a medium-sized bowl.
  3. Using a tablespoon, make small balls of meat mixture. Place on baking sheet. Bake for 16-18 minutes.
  4. While meatballs are cooking, mix all ingredients for the crème fraîche dip. Set aside.
  5. When meatballs have cooled slightly, serve with crème fraîche for dipping.
Recipe Notes

If you are unable to make it to Trader Joe's, a fig preserves or jam will work too.

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