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Holiday Appetizer Meatballs Recipe

Holiday Appetizer Meatballs Recipe

Reports Yellow Springs, Ohio field editor Pat Waymire, "These tasty meatballs are a perennial favorite at our Christmas parties."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. YIELD:18 servings


  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  • 2. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown meatballs; drain. Place in a 2-1/2-qt. baking dish. Combine the sauce ingredients. Pour over meatballs. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until meatballs are no longer pink. Yield: about 3 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 84 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 245mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (5g sugars, trace fiber), 6g protein

Reviews for Holiday Appetizer Meatballs

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Reviewed Oct. 8, 2015

"I've been on the hunt for a good meatball recipe and this one was pretty good! It has great flavor."

Reviewed Jun. 29, 2015

""Amazing" 30,YES"30"yrs. I've been using this recipe. NOT ONE PERSON ever had a dislike. It got to the point I wanted it to be my special recipe,but every week....someone would request I make them for a party etc. That's when I gave up and just printed off the recipe when ever I made it!!! But mind u.I double up on the sauce, other wise I find it to dry. Guess that's my dirty secret!"

Reviewed Jan. 25, 2014

"I added oatmeal too, and garlic p.,onion p., more w.sauce, a good 2 tsp. and a squeeze of mustard. Also 2 tsp. cocktail sauce to the meat mix. I'm not wild about B sauce, so I made, 2TBL.Ketsup, 1TBL. Maple syrup, 2tsp. cocktail sauce garlic and onion powder and pepper!!"

Reviewed Nov. 23, 2013

"These are very good. I replaced the sugar with brown sugar. Made the flavor very rich."

Reviewed Feb. 3, 2013

"Yum! These were so good. To make them lower carb, I used Splenda instead of sugar and it was really good. I put them into a slow cooker and it make them so good."

Reviewed May. 1, 2012

"I've made this recipe several times since I found in last fall, and we just love it. Yesterday, since I was only making a half batch, I just added the sauce to the skillet, covered it and cooked on low until the meatballs were done."

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2011

"I took these to a Christmas Eve Party, everyone loved the meatballs, they were so tasty."

Reviewed Aug. 2, 2011

"Great recipe! My husband and kids loved them as well. I will definitely make them again. They will be great to take to church, too."

Reviewed Jun. 13, 2011

"These were so good that even my picky kids and husband rated it A+."

Reviewed Jan. 28, 2011

"Made this recipe twice in only three weeks! Would definitely make it again. The flavor reminds me of homemade meatloaf! Delicious & you will crave it as soon as leftovers are gone!!"

Reviewed Jan. 22, 2011

"This was delicious! I didn't have time to make an appetizer and an entree so I bought fresh baguettes and melted some mozzarella on them and let my boys make mini meat ball

sandwiches! Paired with a salad it was a hit for sure. I also used a slow cooker."

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2011

"Made these for New Year's. They were great. I added a little red pepper for a sweet and spicy sauce."

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2010

"These are very good. Tried another meatball recipe from TOH -and they were awful. Would make these again!"

Reviewed Dec. 26, 2010

"Will absolutely make again!!! Fantastic!"

Reviewed Sep. 30, 2010

"These meatballs were so good. I also put them in a slow cooker on high for an hour rather than putting them in the oven. I was afraid they would be "ketchupy" but they were just delicious."

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2010

"I liked it, but my husband did not."

Reviewed Sep. 10, 2009

"RE: Appetizer Meatballs

I love this recipe and get many compliments on it. After browning meatballs in a skillet, I put them in a slow cooker with sauce and cook on low for 2 to 3 hours."

Reviewed Dec. 13, 2008

"These meatballs are so good! My kids even liked them. I am going to make them for my Christmas party..they will probably be the 1st to go."

Reviewed Nov. 23, 2008

" Thanks for the reviews! I'm looking for appetizer meatballs for a Christmas party. Will try this recipe. "

Reviewed Nov. 20, 2008

"These meatballs are so good I make them whenever we have parties. It never seems to make enough as they are always gone very fast."

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2007

"Yum! These are really tasty and made with staple ingredients. I've made them for many parties. Sometimes, instead of baking them with the sauce in the oven I just put them in the slow cooker on low for an hour or two before the party starts. That keeps them warm through the whole party and saves me from washing another dish (I usually transfer them to a slow cooker anyway)."

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