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Spiced Meatballs Recipe

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When I host club meetings at my house, these meatballs are sure to be part of the potluck menu. I've made them for holidays as well, where they're always welcome.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 50 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 50 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/2 cup cooked rice
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped green pepper
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 cups tomato juice
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. In a bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. In a skillet, combine the tomato juice, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, cloves and cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; add the meatballs.
  2. Cover and simmer for 50 minutes or until the meat is no longer pink, stirring occasionally. Discard the cloves before serving. Yield: 16 meatballs.
Originally published as Spiced Meatballs in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p29

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Reviewed Sep. 30, 2013

"My family did not care for these meatballs. I thought they sounded interesting but won't make them again because no one would eat them after the first bite."

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