Festive Cocktail Meatballs

These quick and easy to make Festive Cocktail Meatballs will leave your guests wanting seconds (and the recipe!)

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Festive Cocktail Meatballs

Cooking time PREP TIME 15 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 15 mins
Servings SERVES 4-6
Ready in TOTAL TIME 30 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 15 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 15 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 30 mins


  • 1lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup Minute® Basmati Rice Cups
  • 1 can (8 oz.) crushed pineapple in juice, drained
  • 1/4 cup carrot, finely grated
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1 bottle (8 oz.) prepared French dressing
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce


  • Whether you’re planning to have friends over, looking to rustle up something delicious for the kids, or just hankering for a savory snack, these Festive Meatballs are a winner!

    Step 1

  • Heat rice according to package. Preheat oven to 400° F. 

    Step 2

  • Mix beef, rice, pineapple, carrots, onions, egg and ginger in medium bowl. Shape into 1-inch meatballs. Place on greased baking sheets. Bake 15 minutes or until browned. 

    Step 3

  • Mix together French dressing and soy sauce. Serve meatballs with dressing mixture. 





Variety of Meatball Dishes

  • Spanish Meatballs: These perfectly spiced Spanish Meatballs are a quick and delectable lunch or snack that are loaded with fresh vegetables, spicy broth, and Spanish Rice Cups. 
  • Vegetarian Mexican Meatballs: Add savory salsa, tangy cilantro & lime jasmine rice, and creamy avocado to these meatballs to take them south of the border. You could have a tangy meatball supper with a kick in just 6 minutes and with only 5 ingredients!
  • Turkey Meatball and Rice Chili: We’re sure that you already have on hand the ingredients you need for these amazing meatballs. Ready in a total time of only 6 minutes, they’re the perfect meal option for any time of the day. Made with our Minute® White Rice Cups, canned beans, frozen corn, red enchilada sauce and tasty turkey meatballs.

How to Use Meatballs

  • Meatballs can be placed on a bed of your favorite flavor of Minute® Rice, then garnish with grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Sandwich them between toasted bread to make sliders. 
  • With toothpicks, serve them as an appetizer or finger food. 
  • Make a handmade mozzarella sandwich.

Freezing Meatballs

Additionally, these meatballs can be prepared ahead of time and frozen for later use. Simply double the meatball ingredients and form them into as many as you’d like if you’re interested in having more available for future use.

Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Freeze the meatballs until solid. Place them in a freezer bag or a container that is well sealed. Before cooking, thaw in the refrigerator, or bake straight from frozen. 

After cooking, properly cool your meatballs before freezing. Prepare your meatballs according to the directions. Then split whatever you like, either into separate meals or all at once. Freeze after placing in freezer bags or airtight containers.

With these recipe suggestions, you can easily use meatballs in different ways to prepare meals or you can make your own meatballs at home to get a head start on meal preparation. We at Minute® Rice are all about convenience in the kitchen and offer helpful cooking advice and tricks. 

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