Sweet-Hot Sausage Meatballs Recipe
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Sweet-Hot Sausage Meatballs Recipe

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Meet the Cook: These good-tasting sausage meatballs seem to disappear before anything else on the table or buffet. They have a delightful tang with a bit of crunch from the water chestnuts. I've used the recipe when entertaining for over 20 years because it's so easy to do and comes out perfect every time. -Claire Stryker, Delta, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:12-14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 12-14 servings


  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1 pound bulk spicy pork sausage
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce

Nutritional Facts

3 each: 212 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 533mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 0g fiber), 5g protein .


  1. In a blender, process water chestnuts until minced. Transfer to a large bowl; add sausage and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  2. Place meatballs on a greased rack in a shallow baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine the cornstarch, syrup, vinegar and soy sauce; stir until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Drain meatballs; add to sauce and heat through. Yield: 12-14 servings.
Originally published as Sweet-Hot Sausage Meatballs in Country Woman September/October 1999, p31

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sstewart115 72421
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2014

"definitely need the sweet pepper sausage. i only had hot sausage, and it was ok, but too hot"

thankG0d 25439
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2013

"Great tail-gate food"

tommypoo 26755
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2010

"I made these last year for a Christmas breakfast and they were amazing!!! I'm making them again this year, since I know even the little kids enjoyed them!"

ybowker 34862
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2009

"I used store bought meatballs but everyone loved the flavor-p.s. it is great for people that can't have tomato products"

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