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Sweet-Hot Sausage Meatballs Recipe

Sweet-Hot Sausage Meatballs Recipe

These good-tasting sausage meatballs 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 for over 20 years because it's so easy to do and comes out perfect every time. —Claire Stryker, Boulder City, Nevada
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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sstewart115 User ID: 7618849 72421
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2014

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

thankG0d User ID: 3195075 25439
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2013

"Great tail-gate food"

tommypoo User ID: 1263135 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 User ID: 4461163 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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