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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[email protected] User ID: 7040418 265256
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2017

"got asked for this recipe a lot. I tried both Italian and Home Style frozen meatballs, and the Italian was a bit tastier, like the recipe recommends."

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 260515
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2017

"Because of what I had on hand at the time, I switched the apple jell and grape juice to apple juice and grape jelly. The meatballs were a big hit at our party. I will definitely make this again for dinner and serve over rice!"

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."

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

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

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."

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."

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

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

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."

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! ;)"

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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