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Spiced Meatballs

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
    16 meatballs


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Cover and simmer for 50 minutes or until the meat is no longer pink, stirring occasionally. Discard the cloves before serving.

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  • rayeellen
    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.