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 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) 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, 0g 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 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 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 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 173
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2012

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

kakjw 189
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2012

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

BRANDI29 286
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2011

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

lovelyrita9 292
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2011

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

mlynn71 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 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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