Buffet Meatballs

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours


about 10-1/2 dozen

Updated: Jun. 23, 2023
I need only five ingredients to fix these easy appetizers. My grape jelly and ketchup meatballs make an appearance at almost every potluck and party. —Janet Anderson, Carson City, Nevada


  • 1 cup grape juice
  • 1 cup apple jelly
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 package (64 ounces) frozen fully cooked Italian meatballs
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional


  1. In a small saucepan, combine juice, jelly, ketchup and tomato sauce. Cook and stir over medium heat until jelly is melted.
  2. Place meatballs in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Pour sauce over the top and gently stir to coat. Cover and cook on low 4-5 hours or until heated through. If desired, sprinkle with parsley.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Skip packaged and opt for homemade meatballs instead.
  • This recipe is among our favorite Christmas buffet ideas, as well as a popular Thanksgiving appetizer.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 meatball: 147 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 411mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.