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Party Meatballs Recipe
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Party Meatballs Recipe

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These meatballs in a sweet, tangy sauce can be made a day in advance and reheated. We usually serve them at birthday parties. - Irma Schnuelle, Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 5 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, divided
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar


  1. In a large bowl, combine the milk, soup mix and 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well.
  2. With wet hands, shape into 1-in. balls. Place meatballs on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 12 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Drain on paper towels.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the ketchup, brown sugar and remaining Worcestershire sauce in a Dutch oven. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir until thickened. Reduce heat; add meatballs. Simmer until heated through, about 15 minutes. Yield: about 5 dozen.
Originally published as Party Meatballs in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p12

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Reviewed Apr. 25, 2014

"This meatball recipe is awesome! So delicious! This is one that I will make again and again! I took it to a party and it was a hit."

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2011

"Holy deliciousness. And super easy. Not the typical freezer meatball, with odd meats. Thank heavens for this fantastic appetizer!

I will be making these again on Superbowl Sunday for sure!!!"

Reviewed Jun. 10, 2010

"My family loves these and they've become a staple on the buffet line-up for parties! Easy to make the day before and reheat in the sauce the day of the party. Love 'em!"

Reviewed Sep. 12, 2009

"Oh they are so good! I made these for a family in need recently and they came by to say it was the best meal they had ever eaten. It can be easily doubled and I actually made the sauce in my slow cooker, added the meatballs and set it on low for a couple of hours. It is lovely for company this way as it doesn't tie up the oven."

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