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Crispy Meatballs

Instead of bread crumbs, crisp rice cereal holds these meatballs together. I've had this much-used recipe in my files for years. - Nancy Dose, Arlington, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    16 meatballs


  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup crisp rice cereal
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 pound ground beef


  • In a large bowl, combine the first nine ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. Place meatballs an a greased rack in a shallow pan. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 30 minutes or until the meat is no longer pink.
If a recipe calls for nutmeg and you don't have any on hand, substitute ground ginger or mace.

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  • sgronholz
    Apr 3, 2014

    These meatballs are wonderful! I used 1 1/2# of ground beef and increased the remaining ingredients by 1/2. I used a small scoop to make mini meatballs (51 meatballs) and put half of the them in the freezer for a future meal. I served the other half with my home-canned spaghetti sauce over linguini. My husband and I enjoyed the meatballs and I will definitely be making them again!

  • Cookbookqueen1959
    Feb 4, 2011

    These are wonderful. A nice change from other meatballs.

  • 44dolly
    May 1, 2008

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