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Honey Balsamic Glazed Gingerbread Spice Meatballs

These Gingerbread Spice Meatballs are a match made in heaven between deliciously tender meatballs and your favorite gingerbread spice – all topped off with the best Honey-Balsamic Glaze. Perfect as an appetizer for a Holiday dinner party or as part of your Christmas Smörgåsbord.

Looking for something sweet and Gingerbread Spiced instead? Check out these Gingerbread Cupcakes with Blue Cheese Frosting!

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honey balsamic glazed gingerbread spice meatballs with tooth picks on a glass platter

As you may or may not be aware of, meatballs are a very important part of a Swedish Christmas. Like top three things you need to have as part of your Smörgåsbord. You might have had the traditional Swedish Meatballs at IKEA, or somewhere else – Swedish Christmas meatballs are just the same, but traditionally the white pepper is accompanied by a seasonal dash of allspice. My Dad has always made the best meatballs for Christmas, and while I love tradition, and his meatballs, I also love to experiment.

So this year I decided to up the Christmas meatball game a bit. I started with my Dad’s magic meatball recipe but then I added the most Christmas-y flavor of all: Gingerbread Spice. Lots of it. And thinking that a glaze never hurt anyone I added that as well. The end result? Deliciously spicy meatballs covered in a sweet & sour & salty glaze. Maybe not your standard weeknight meatballs, but perfect as an appetizer or as part of a Christmas Smörgåsbord (they’ll for sure be part of mine!).

honey balsamic glazed gingerbread spice meatballs with tooth picks on a glass platter

What’s in a Gingerbread Spice Mix?

My gingerbread spice includes only three spices – this is the traditional recipe for Swedish gingerbread spice, but I know some recipes call for a few more. I use only ginger, cinnamon and cloves, while sometimes gingerbread spice recipes call for cardamom, allspice and nutmeg as well. I like to keep it simple, so I’ll just run with my three – add cardamom, allspice or nutmeg (or all three!) if that’s what gingerbread should taste like to you.

Another great option is substituting the ginger, cinnamon and cloves for a pre-made gingerbread spice mix. Best thing about making meatballs? It’s so easy to fry a small one to taste test and adjust the seasoning!

honey balsamic glazed gingerbread spice meatballs with tooth picks on a glass platter

So, over to you. Don’t you just love gingerbread spice? If so – bring out your favorite gingerbread spices and make these meatballs for a delicious & festive appetizer.

Did you make these Honey Balsamic Glazed Gingerbread Spice Meatballs? If so – please leave a comment and/or a rating below, I love hearing from you! I also love seeing your creations – so please tag me on Instagram if you post it, and use the hashtag #alwaysusebutter!

honey balsamic glazed gingerbread spice meatballs with toothpicks on a glass platter

Honey Balsamic Glazed Gingerbread Spice Meatballs

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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: christmas
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 50 meatballs
Calories: 41kcal


Gingerbread Spice Meatballs

  • 250 g ground beef
  • 250 g ground pork
  • 3 Tbsp butter divided
  • 1 medium-sized onion finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp wine white or red
  • 2 large cooked potatoes shredded
  • 0.5 dl milk
  • 0.25 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 0.5-1 tsp salt
  • 0.25 tsp white pepper

Gingerbread Spice

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1.5 tsp ground ginger

Honey Balsamic Glaze


Gingerbread Spice Meatballs

  • Heat 2 Tbsp of butter over medium-high heat and add in the onion. Fry for 3 minutes, then add in the wine. Fry for another 3-5 minutes until the onion is soft and translucent.
  • Mix the ground beef and pork in a large bowl and add in the fried onion, shredded cooked potato and milk. Mix well. Season with worcestershire sauce, salt, white pepper, and gingerbread spice.
  • Heat the remaining 1 Tbsp of butter in a pan over medium-high heat. Make one small patty, fry it, and taste to check the seasoning. Adjust according to taste, then make all the meatballs and fry them for about 5 minutes, making sure to cook them on all sides.

Honey Balsamic Glazed Gingerbread Spice Meatballs

  • Melt the butter over medium heat and add in the honey and white balsamic vinegar. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5-10 minutes, until sticky - when it starts bubbling a lot it's done.
  • Take the Honey Balsamic Glaze off the heat and add in the sea salt flakes - crush them a bit in your hand if they are very big. Then mix in the meatballs, making sure to coat them on all sides. Place on a serving platter, maybe stick a toothpick in them, and serve.


  • Use at least 50% pork for the ultimate tasty meatballs and don't go low-fat - more fat means both more flavor & a juicier texture.  
  • Use your favorite Gingerbread Spice or follow the recommendation in the recipe
  • Cooking your meatballs over medium-high heat will give them a nice sear and keep the moisture inside - a too low temperature risks drying them out.
  • White balsamic vinegar can be substituted for regular balsamic vinegar, or rice vinegar.
Nutrition Facts
Honey Balsamic Glazed Gingerbread Spice Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 41 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 39mg2%
Potassium 67mg2%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional information is approximate and automatically calculated, and should only be viewed as an indication.

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