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Holiday Appetizer Meatballs Recipe

Holiday Appetizer Meatballs Recipe

Reports Yellow Springs, Ohio field editor Pat Waymire, "These tasty meatballs are a perennial favorite at our Christmas parties."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. YIELD:18 servings


  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  • 2. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown meatballs; drain. Place in a 2-1/2-qt. baking dish. Combine the sauce ingredients. Pour over meatballs. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until meatballs are no longer pink. Yield: about 3 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 84 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 245mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 6g protein.

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shannondobos User ID: 5115022 258168
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2016

"Love! These meatballs are very moist and have great flavor. I substituted brown sugar. This recipe is a keeper! They work well in a slow cooker too :)"

Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 234183
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2015

"I've been on the hunt for a good meatball recipe and this one was pretty good! It has great flavor."

k-davies User ID: 2750851 228715
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2015

""Amazing" 30,YES"30"yrs. I've been using this recipe. NOT ONE PERSON ever had a dislike. It got to the point I wanted it to be my special recipe,but every week....someone would request I make them for a party etc. That's when I gave up and just printed off the recipe when ever I made it!!! But mind u.I double up on the sauce, other wise I find it to dry. Guess that's my dirty secret!"

AABF User ID: 4954746 200541
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2014

"I added oatmeal too, and garlic p.,onion p., more w.sauce, a good 2 tsp. and a squeeze of mustard. Also 2 tsp. cocktail sauce to the meat mix. I'm not wild about B sauce, so I made, 2TBL.Ketsup, 1TBL. Maple syrup, 2tsp. cocktail sauce garlic and onion powder and pepper!!"

Billco User ID: 5672650 8437
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2013

"These are very good. I replaced the sugar with brown sugar. Made the flavor very rich."

Xena7751 User ID: 5742608 7352
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2013

"Yum! These were so good. To make them lower carb, I used Splenda instead of sugar and it was really good. I put them into a slow cooker and it make them so good."

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 6393
Reviewed May. 1, 2012

"I've made this recipe several times since I found in last fall, and we just love it. Yesterday, since I was only making a half batch, I just added the sauce to the skillet, covered it and cooked on low until the meatballs were done."

JCPeck67 User ID: 3184595 14244
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2011

"I took these to a Christmas Eve Party, everyone loved the meatballs, they were so tasty."

texasmommyof2 User ID: 2525282 9675
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2011

"Great recipe! My husband and kids loved them as well. I will definitely make them again. They will be great to take to church, too."

amygerman15 User ID: 6030819 9007
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2011

"These were so good that even my picky kids and husband rated it A+."

cmarie_1124 User ID: 5693915 3253
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2011

"Made this recipe twice in only three weeks! Would definitely make it again. The flavor reminds me of homemade meatloaf! Delicious & you will crave it as soon as leftovers are gone!!"

EmmOswa User ID: 5476730 9674
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2011

"This was delicious! I didn't have time to make an appetizer and an entree so I bought fresh baguettes and melted some mozzarella on them and let my boys make mini meat ball

sandwiches! Paired with a salad it was a hit for sure. I also used a slow cooker."

sallyjojo User ID: 5675269 14176
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2011

"Made these for New Year's. They were great. I added a little red pepper for a sweet and spicy sauce."

Karen Mackley User ID: 5517406 9834
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2010

"These are very good. Tried another meatball recipe from TOH -and they were awful. Would make these again!"

terri0307 User ID: 4308287 9955
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2010

"Will absolutely make again!!! Fantastic!"

sylvia_moss User ID: 4270982 14243
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2010

"These meatballs were so good. I also put them in a slow cooker on high for an hour rather than putting them in the oven. I was afraid they would be "ketchupy" but they were just delicious."

jrt14 User ID: 2520353 8305
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2010

"I liked it, but my husband did not."

kpayton144 User ID: 2463765 14144
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2009

"RE: Appetizer Meatballs

I love this recipe and get many compliments on it. After browning meatballs in a skillet, I put them in a slow cooker with sauce and cook on low for 2 to 3 hours."

seacrabs User ID: 3315872 9006
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2008

"These meatballs are so good! My kids even liked them. I am going to make them for my Christmas party..they will probably be the 1st to go."

dowie User ID: 236396 9954
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2008

" Thanks for the reviews! I'm looking for appetizer meatballs for a Christmas party. Will try this recipe. "

A 1 Mom User ID: 173769 14188
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2008

"These meatballs are so good I make them whenever we have parties. It never seems to make enough as they are always gone very fast."

cozykitchen User ID: 1615751 8771
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2007

"Yum! These are really tasty and made with staple ingredients. I've made them for many parties. Sometimes, instead of baking them with the sauce in the oven I just put them in the slow cooker on low for an hour or two before the party starts. That keeps them warm through the whole party and saves me from washing another dish (I usually transfer them to a slow cooker anyway)."

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