Party Appetizer Meatballs Recipe
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Party Appetizer Meatballs Recipe

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These are a favorite at parties and gatherings. The recipe is easy...and the meatballs can be made well ahead of time and frozen until needed. I think what makes them taste so good is the sauce. -Nathalie Wiedmann-Guest, Caledon, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 bottle (14 ounces) hot or regular ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) apple jelly
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) currant jelly

Nutritional Facts

3 each: 133 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 271mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 0 fiber), 7g protein.


  1. In a bowl, combine the first 12 ingredients. Shape into 1-in. balls. Place meatballs on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan.
  2. Bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes; drain. Combine ketchup and cornstarch in roasting pan. Stir in jellies; add the meatballs. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Yield: 8 dozen.
Originally published as Appetizer Meatballs in Taste of Home December/January 1995, p39

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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coconutpatty User ID: 3240781 231775
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2015

"These were very good. I didn't have currant jelly, so I used grape instead. My husband loved the sauce. He said this is a keeper!"

marvalrus User ID: 5659639 47
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2013

"These meatballs are fantastic! Just love them right out of the oven. I was a bit worried about the italian cheeses and seasoning, but it was not noticeable and added to the texture really. Very tasty. I didn't have apple jelly so I made my own concoction from ketchup, grape jelly, BBQ sauce, honey, brown sugar. It's the meatball in this recipe that's great. Thank you for sharing. I will try it with apple & currant jelly next time because that sounds very nice."

psyclopps User ID: 7141550 288
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"A big hit at my ships (Navy) pot luck. Even the Captain had a few and asked why they were so good. No one believed what the sauce was made out of."

kshea User ID: 2698812 173
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2012

"Made these for years (1996) We like these better than any other appetizer meatball recipe we have tried."

kakjw User ID: 1670512 189
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2012

"I make these often for parties and they are always a hit! Very yummy!"

BRANDI29 User ID: 3617595 286
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2011

"Very tasty. Takes a litte extra time rolling all the meatballs,but well worth it."

lovelyrita9 User ID: 5422621 292
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2011

"Every body commented on how much they loved this recipe, I definitely will make it again!"

mlynn71 User ID: 5584310 491
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2010

"I've been making these for over 15-years...a great party food and great over rice for dinner!"

dkcafe User ID: 4548048 285
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2009

"Excellent. These meatballs were the highlight of our Christmas meal. They were especially yummy with homemade apple cinnamon jelly and current jelly."

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