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Buffet Meatballs Recipe

Buffet Meatballs Recipe

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 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

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

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Mamacheese2004 User ID: 2528734 257210
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2016

"We had a get together at our home and I served these meatballs. Everyone loved them, even my husband which really surprised me! The sauce comes out tangy and very delicious. I didn't have a single meatball left over. Perfect for any get together, and excellent to take along to a potluck."

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bunny99 User ID: 99797 245760
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2016

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

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lvarner User ID: 35803 238821
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."

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vegettossx4 User ID: 8253693 221496
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."

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33dee33 User ID: 8012370 221338
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2015

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

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willow973 User ID: 8018344 132507
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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dawnrosanne User ID: 1014810 68183
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! ;)"

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Sparty11 User ID: 5614467 53834
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2014

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

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dilbert098 User ID: 3743376 110829
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2013

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

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cookinama User ID: 5947968 57938
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2013

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

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kthurman User ID: 1732892 92308
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2013

"They really have a great flavor!!!"

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cookinama User ID: 5947968 92113
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"

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MimiKnight User ID: 7129996 92112
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2013

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

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marciajochem User ID: 7011018 57937
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!"

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yagomln User ID: 6636950 57935
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."

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ChefMommyy User ID: 6726578 146337
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2012

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

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Veronak User ID: 6435040 57934
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"

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MrsKase User ID: 3265136 132505
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."

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jabbott3 User ID: 3850122 68182
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2012

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

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jabbott3 User ID: 3850122 137171
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

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

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karen curnes User ID: 3182416 110827
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."

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thunder2009 User ID: 3958994 110737
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2011

"Very good"

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Shelly-Ann User ID: 6015115 137168
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."

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zobird User ID: 714782 79498
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."

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shortyan6el13 User ID: 5750444 53831
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

"Everyone loved these!!"

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mchampion74 User ID: 5486713 53829
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2011

"Everyone loved these and SUPER easy!!"

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jretchless User ID: 4099535 57279
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2010

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

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lindyhunt User ID: 4982377 57278
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."

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ksc9858 User ID: 5361803 146336
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!"

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gussie k User ID: 5104383 57932
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2010

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

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wingsgirl02 User ID: 3820770 53827
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2010

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

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donmelody User ID: 1559808 110736
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!"

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PucciBaby User ID: 3099441 92103
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."

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sdgcag User ID: 1886423 110687
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."

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marleneL User ID: 2361339 146334
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2008

"they are grate

Marlene Leger"

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christioz User ID: 1862741 57926
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2008

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

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