Buffet Meatballs Recipe
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Buffet Meatballs Recipe

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I need only five ingredients to fix these easy appetizers. Grape juice and apple jelly are the secrets behind the sweet yet tangy sauce that complements convenient packaged meatballs. —Janet Anderson, Carson City, Nevada
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES:44 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES: 44 servings


  • 1 cup grape juice
  • 1 cup apple jelly
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 package (64 ounces) frozen fully cooked Italian meatballs

Nutritional Facts

3 each: 161 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 398mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the juice, jelly, ketchup and tomato sauce. Cook and stir over medium heat until jelly is melted.
  2. Place meatballs in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Pour sauce over the top and gently stir to coat. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until heated through. Yield: about 10-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Buffet Meatballs in Quick Cooking May/June 2004, p53

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Reviewed Mar. 21, 2016

"I have made these numerous times and they are always a hit!"

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2015

"These are easy to make, and they are great to have on hand for a party or get-together. I like to add a teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce to the saucepan mixture as well, for a bit of added flavor."

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2015

"This was just the recipe I was looking for. It's sweet and tangy. It makes a lot, though. If you don't have a family of 5 or more I'd suggest halving the recipe. I made it for myself to eat for lunches, and it is way too much. I've had about 5 or six meals worth, and I think I've only made it halfway through the batch."

Reviewed Feb. 25, 2015

"Delicious and simple to make. Would make them again"

Reviewed Oct. 1, 2014

"Love this recipe!! Didn't have apple jelly so used grape jelly and apple juice instead of grape juice."

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