BBQ Meatballs with Pepper and Cheese Animal Cut-Outs

BBQ Meatballs with Pepper and Cheese Animal Cut-Outs

A whimsical after school snack which is sure to please hungry kids. Serve with extra BBQ sauce and a cold glass of milk.
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  • Serves: 25 persons



  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Step 2

    Soak pieces of torn bread in the milk in a bowl for 5 minutes. Gently squeeze out milk. Add beaten egg to the soaked bread and mix well.
  3. Step 3

    Mix garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, salt, Italian herb seasoning, sugar, and Parmesan cheese together in a small bowl. Add to bread-egg mixture.
  4. Step 4

    Place ground beef in a mixing bowl. Add seasoning mixture and onions; mix together with a fork. If mixture is too dry, add up to a tablespoon of milk. Roll into 25 meatballs and arrange on rimmed baking sheet.
  5. Step 5

    Bake in preheated oven until browned and cooked through, about 18 minutes.
  6. Step 6

    Drain meatballs on a paper towel. Remove grease from the baking sheet. Transfer meatballs back to the baking sheet. Drizzle 1 cup BBQ sauce over meatballs.
  7. Step 7

    Return sheet to oven and bake 12 more minutes.
  8. Step 8

    Use a small animal vegetable cutter to make animals out of green, orange, and red peppers. Cut animals out of Colby Jack and mild Cheddar cheese.
  9. Step 9

    Drain meatballs on a paper towel and add more BBQ sauce if desired. Add cheese animal cut-out and then animal pepper cut-out to the toothpicks. Work quickly to add toothpick to each meatball.