Snappy Cocktail Meatballs Recipe
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Snappy Cocktail Meatballs Recipe

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This recipe was given to me over 20 years ago by a German lady. They're easy to prepare and can be made ahead of time.- Nancy Means, Moline, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/4 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated onion
  • 10 gingersnaps, finely crushed

Nutritional Facts

3 each: 126 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 370mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 10g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-1/4-in. balls. Place meatballs on a greased rack in a shallow baking sheet. Bake at 450° for 15 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
  2. Meanwhile, for sauce, combine the tomatoes, brown sugar, vinegar, salt and onion in large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Stir in gingersnaps, continuing to boil until sauce is thick and clear. Reduce heat to simmer; add meatballs. Heat through. Yield: About 5 dozen.
Originally published as Snappy Cocktail Meatballs in Country Ground Beef 1993, p5

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