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Italian Appetizer Meatballs Recipe

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Store-bought spaghetti sauce speeds up the preparation of these homemade meatball appetizers. Leftovers make terrific sub sandwiches.—Rene McCrory, Indianapolis, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Cook: 2 hours
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Cook: 2 hours
MAKES: 48 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound Johnsonville® Mild Ground Italian Sausage
  • 2 jars (24 ounces each) spaghetti sauce

Nutritional Facts

1 meatball with about 2 tablespoons sauce equals 67 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 264 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 lean meat, 1/2 fat.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Crumble beef and sausage over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  2. Place meatballs on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until no longer pink.
  3. Transfer meatballs to a 4-qt. slow cooker; add spaghetti sauce. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or until heated through. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Italian Appetizer Meatballs in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2009, p65

Nutritional Facts

1 meatball with about 2 tablespoons sauce equals 67 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 264 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 lean meat, 1/2 fat.

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Sep. 11, 2011

My husband loved these! I used Italian Seasoned breadcrumbs & Paul Neuman's Marinara Sauce. Delicious!

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Reviewed Dec. 31, 2010

I make meatballs often, but wanted to try an appetizer italian meatball. These tasted wonderful just out of the oven! I didn't think that the ingredients would make meatballs better than I'd had before, but they did. I used Italian seasoned bread crumbs instead of plain because that's what I had on hand.

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