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Buffet Meatballs Recipe

Buffet Meatballs Recipe

Janet Anderson needs only five ingredients to fix these easy appetizers that she serves at her home in Carson City, Nevada. Grape juice and apple jelly are the secrets behind the sweet yet tangy sauce that complements convenient packaged meatballs.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours YIELD:44 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Buffet Meatballs

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2016

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

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2015

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

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2014

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

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2014

"My friend who always told me that meatballs are gross absolutely LOVED this dinner! I think I made a meatball fan out of her! ;)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2014

"These are my go to for meatballs. They are always a party pleaser!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2013

"Delicious and so easy. I didn't have apple jelly so I used a peach jam."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2013

"These were very good. I made them for a Super Bowl party and everyone loved them !"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2013

"They really have a great flavor!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2013

"These were great. I made them for a Super Bowl party. I added a little more brown sugar. Everyone loved them"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2013

"The list of ingredients calls for grape juice AND grape jelly. Is this correct?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2012

"I made these for my Bunco group last night and everyone wanted the recipe! Very easy to make and tasted delicious!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2012

"I would suggest substituting grape jelly for the grape juice in the recipe to retain the flavor and to ramp up the sweetness."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2012

"How could i make these sweeter without changing recipe much?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2012

"Pretty good, I made this for my book club meeting and it was a hit. However, like the previous post I would like it a tad bit sweeter, but I will make again"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2012

"This is my go-to recipe for a potluck when I know I will not have a lot of time for cooking that day. I have made these several times and always get lots of complements on them. I am making them again on Tuesday for a Valentine's Potluck at Church."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2012

"I put the lil smokies in with the meatballs and it turned out great."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

"Loved it, has anyone tried to put the lil smokies in the sauce along with the meatballs?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2011

"This recipe is so tasty and easy. I've made these for holidays, baby showers and potlucks and they are always a big hit."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2011

"Very good"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2011

"This was a nice simple dish to make for my potlock at work. It because a favorite. I personally like my meatballs a bit sweeter but aside from that it was well worth it. I would make this again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"I used cranberry-grape juice cocktail and it was very good. I found the sauce a little thin, but the taste was great."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

"Everyone loved these!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2011

"Everyone loved these and SUPER easy!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2010

"1 jar of chili sauce and 1 can of cranberry sauce works the same too just less ingredients :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2010

"I made these for a reception at my husband's office. They went so quickly that I didn't even get to try them. They must be good."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2010

"I love making these easy meatballs! They are so yummy and quick to make. I throw them in the crock pot the night before and then they are ready to just turn on for the next day. I added a tablespoon or two of hot sauce to make them a bit spice! Very yummy!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2010

"Wonderful! Changed out chili sauce for the catsup for a little kick."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2010

"Not as flavorful as they seem they would be."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2010

"These are the best! Everyone always requests that I bring these and how can I refuse when they are so easy!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2009

"I accidentally read the recipe wrong and used grape JELLY instead of grape juice. I think it had the same effect though and they were still very yummy. I also cooked my meatballs in the microwave before adding them to the sauce so I didn't have to use my slow cooker."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2008

"These are so easy and such a nice change from most meatball flavors. I made them for my daughter's 18th birthday party and they were a hit for everyone, young children through all the ages. Definitely a recipe I will use again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2008

"they are grate

Marlene Leger"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2008

"to speed up cook time, warm meatballs in microwave before putting in slow cooker"

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