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close up of halloween theme food meatballs that look like eyeballs
Eyeball Meatballs: Halloween Party Food
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Chilling (inactive)
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
These creepy eyeball meatballs are a festive halloween food idea that you can do in no time. Juicy, tender meatballs dressed up for your halloween party! Filling, delicious and a scary fright for your guests to nibble on!
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: food for halloween,, halloween meatballs, halloween themed food
Servings: 24 eyeballs
Calories: 114 kcal
Author: Michele Hall
Ingredients
  • 1.5 lbs Ground Beef
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1.5 teaspoons Lawry's seasoned salt
  • 1 tablespoon Dried Oregano (basil, Italian seasoning, any herb you have)
  • 1/2 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 6 ounces cheddar cheese cut into 1/4" cubes
  • 24 green olives with pimento centers
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. Using a wooden spoon or your hands in a large bowl mix together beef, heavy cream, beaten egg, salt, oregano and panko bread crumbs.
  3. Do not pack the meat too tightly, you want to use a lighter touch so that the meatball does not get too compacted allowing for a lighter moist (versus heavy, hard) final product meatball.
  4. Once combined, sprinkle gouda cheese cubes over the top and mix to blend throughout the mixture.
  5. Form the meat into balls about the size of a golf ball.

  6. Cut the tops off of your olives.  (See notes.)  Press the olive point into the meatball to resemble eyes and place on a plate that will fit into the fridge for chilling.  Repeat until all have "eyes"

  7. Chill for a minimum of 15 minutes to set the shape. 

  8. If you are making ahead to use the next day or later in the day, you can make the meatballs to here. The meatballs in the raw state will need to be covered with plastic or foil if you are waiting longer than an hour to bake them.
WHEN YOU ARE READY TO DO THE BAKING:
  1. Place Meatballs onto a broiling pan (alternatively use a cookie rack over the top of a baking sheet.) You want the meatball fats to be able to fall to the bottom pan.
  2. The meatballs should be spaced 2" apart.
  3. Bake for 15-20 minutes, turning the pan from front to back at the 10 minute mark to allow for even cooking.

  4. Allow meatballs to cool for 5-10 mins.

  5. While meatballs are cooling place ketchup in a sealed zip lock back.  Put the ketchup in one corner of the bottom of the bag and press all of the air out and seal.  Cut a small hole in the end where the ketchup is ... then pipe bloodshot eyes around the eye center of the meatball.  Serve.