Holiday Appetizer Meatballs Recipe
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Holiday Appetizer Meatballs Recipe

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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.
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min.
MAKES: 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

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 84 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 245mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 6g protein.


  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.
Originally published as Appetizer Meatballs in Taste of Home December/January 1996 , p45

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shannondobos User ID: 5115022 258168
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2016

"Love! These meatballs are very moist and have great flavor. I substituted brown sugar. This recipe is a keeper! They work well in a slow cooker too :)"

Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 234183
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."

k-davies User ID: 2750851 228715
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!"

AABF User ID: 4954746 200541
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!!"

Billco User ID: 5672650 8437
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2013

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

Xena7751 User ID: 5742608 7352
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."

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 6393
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."

JCPeck67 User ID: 3184595 14244
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2011

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

texasmommyof2 User ID: 2525282 9675
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."

amygerman15 User ID: 6030819 9007
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2011

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

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