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Peppered Meatballs Recipe

Peppered Meatballs Recipe

Plenty of ground pepper gives these saucy meatballs their irresistible zest. They're so hearty, I sometimes serve them over noodles as a main course. —Darla Schroeder, Stanley, North Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 2 hours YIELD:9 servings


  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine sour cream and cheese. Add the pepper, salt, bread crumbs and garlic powder. Crumble meat over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  • 2. Place meatballs on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until no longer pink; drain.
  • 3. Transfer to a 1-1/2-qt. slow cooker. Combine the sauce ingredients; pour over meatballs. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or until heated through. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 259 calories, 18g fat (9g saturated fat), 77mg cholesterol, 565mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (2g sugars, trace fiber), 17g protein

Reviews for Peppered Meatballs

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Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

"This was really good, and made a nice sauce. I used the leftovers over some rolls with mashed potatoes and green bean casserole."

Reviewed Mar. 28, 2015

"This recipe is awesome!! If the amount of black pepper puts you off, don't let it!! It gives them a little heat, and really makes them different from other meatballs. They hold their shape beautifully, too, which is really important when serving on a buffet. They are just delicious, and one of the few recipes I didn't all. You can also use different sauces and make a meal of them. Try marinara, swedish meatball sauce, barbecue...."

Reviewed Feb. 19, 2014

"Very tasty & very easy to make. The only change I made was I substituted cream of celery for the cream of mushroom. I also heated the sauce & meatballs in a skillet rather than using a slow cooker. Excellent served with mashed potatoes."

Reviewed Nov. 24, 2013

"Made this for an extra meat dish for Christmas dinner. My family loved it, and are asking for it again"

Reviewed Jul. 1, 2013

"This is my second time making these I used them as a main course over egg noodles. I gave this recipe to my sister and her family also loved them as a main courseover noodles."

Reviewed Jan. 8, 2013

"To my horror, I discovered I was out of dill weed after I'd already made the meatballs and was halfway thru the sauce. But I did have a jar of kosher dill pickles, so I used a couple tablespoons. Very good. I also (as usual) used 1 lb soy "burger" crumbles and 1/2 lb ground beef. They held together fine."

Reviewed Sep. 10, 2011

"It was very tasty and the family loved it. I made the meatballs larger than normal because I wanted to. they were delicious!"

Reviewed Oct. 24, 2010

"All I could taste was pepper and sour cream, it was very sickening, overwhelming."

Reviewed Dec. 24, 2009

"I brought this to our company Christmas potluck and everyone loved it! In fact I had to promise to bring it again next year."

Reviewed Dec. 2, 2009

"The sauce really makes this recipe - sooo good."

Reviewed Oct. 22, 2009

"I took this to a gathering and had very good reviews. I personally like some other recipes for meatballs better."

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

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