Meatballs in Plum Sauce Recipe
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Meatballs in Plum Sauce Recipe

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A tasty sauce made of plum jam and chili sauce coats these moist meatballs beautifully. Make sure these delightful appetizers are on your holiday menus. —Mary Poninski, Whittington, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. + standing Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:10-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. + standing Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 pound ground veal
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup plum jam
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce

Nutritional Facts

6 each: 220 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 307mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 0 fiber), 11g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, pour milk over bread crumbs; let stand for 10 minutes. Add the egg, Worcestershire sauce, onion, salt, pepper and cloves. Crumble beef, pork and veal over mixture and mix well (mixture will be soft). Shape into 1-in. balls.
  2. In a large skillet, brown meatballs in oil in batches. Drain on paper towels. Place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
  3. In a small bowl, dissolve bouillon in water. Stir flour into pan drippings until blended; add the bouillon mixture, jam and chili sauce. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Pour over meatballs.
  4. Cover and bake at 350° for 30-45 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and sauce is bubbly. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Originally published as Meatballs in Plum Sauce in Taste of Home October/November 2006, p27

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Dizzyissy User ID: 7865226 234084
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2015

"Sooo good, made it last night for friends and they loved it and wanted the recipe. I ommitted the cloves (didn't fancy them) and added Chineese 5 Spice instead, also added two finely chopped chillies to the meat plus flour as I felt it was too wet and they turned out perfectly. Served with veg fried rice."

d.hevel User ID: 6304236 144771
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2011

"Delicious!!! The only thing on the buffet table that was completely gone! The second time I made them, I added just a bit of flour to stiffen up the meat balls a bit so the didn't fall apart stiring in sauce. Got raves both time I made them!"

pmski2 User ID: 2799452 114684
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2009

"Perfect for a party! These meatballs were the first things to disappear! Our guests were asking if we had any more hidden in the fridge!"

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