Easy Meatballs Recipe
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Easy Meatballs Recipe

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Just three ingredients are needed for this speedy appetizer from Christine Smoot of Childress, Texas. “These meatballs are so different from all the others…you will never carry any leftovers home,” she assures. “I catered my daughter’s wedding and served them as appetizers.” TIP: “You can also serve over rice for a main dish,” Christine suggests.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 package (12 ounces) frozen fully cooked Italian meatballs, thawed
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup sweet-and-sour sauce

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 60 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 233mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (3g sugars, trace fiber), 2g protein


  1. Place the meatballs in a 3-qt. microwave-safe dish; cover and microwave on high for 3-4 minutes or until heated through. In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the sauces; cover and heat on high for 2-3 minutes or until heated through.
  2. Pour over meatballs; cover and microwave on high for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Yield: 2 dozen.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Easy Meatballs in Quick Cooking November/December 2005, p13

Blush Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a blush wine such as White Zinfandel or a Rosé.

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Reviewed Dec. 11, 2014

"A really tasty snack dish that uses ingredients I usually have on hand!"

Reviewed Sep. 5, 2014

"Easy, delicious. Guests try one, say "Hey, these are great!" and I never have any leftovers!"

Reviewed Oct. 7, 2013

"These look absolutely delicious, I can't wait to try them!"

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013

"Very easy, very tasty. I doubled the recipe and used frozen meatballs; I mixed the sauces together in a crockpot, stirred in the meatballs and then heated them through while I worked on other appetizers for our New Year's Eve party. Our guests gave this recipe two thumbs up. This recipe is a keeper!!"

Reviewed May. 7, 2012

"I've made these countless times. Always a hit."

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