Easy Cocktail Meatballs (Sweet and Sour Meatballs)
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We have served these Easy Cocktail Meatballs at every party and gathering since I was a kid!
Tender juicy meatballs simmered in a quick two ingredient sweet and sour sauce will be the first thing gone.. and nobody will ever believe what is in them!
How to Make Easy Cocktail Meatballs (Sweet and Sour Meatballs)
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I literally cannot make enough of these Cocktail Meatballs! Every single time I bring them to a party, they are gone immediately and I always get requests for the recipe.
There are three options for sauce, and they all have a sweet and sour type flavor with just two ingredients. (The first option, Ketchup and Grape Jelly Meatballs, is my personal favorite).
You can use homemade meatballs or frozen depending on preference or how much time you have.
These work perfectly in the Crockpot too! Bake the meatballs as directed and place the sauce ingredients in the slow cooker. Add meatballs to the sauce and let heat through on high for at least 1-2 hours before serving. Once heated through meatballs can be left on low for serving.
These are amazing as an appetizer or even served over rice for a weeknight meal that your kids will love!
Easy Cocktail Meatballs are a delicious appetizer that can be cooked on the stove top or in the slow cooker. Ketchup and Grape Jelly makes the best ever sauce!
- 2 lbs frozen meatballs
- 2 lb lean ground beef
- 1/2 small onion , very finely diced
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- Sauce #1
- 3/4 cup grape jelly
- 1 1/2 cups ketchup
- Sauce #2
- 10 oz apricot preserves
- 2/3 cup barbecue sauce
- Sauce #3
- 14 oz jellied cranberry sauce
- 12 oz chili sauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix together all meatball ingredients just until combined. Form into 1" meatballs. Bake for 18-20 minutes (or bake frozen meatballs according to package directions).
Combine sauce ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir until preserves/jelly melts. Allow to come to a boil for 1 minute. Toss with meatballs and allow to simmer on low 10-15 minutes.
Nutrition calculated with Sauce Option #1 and with a serving size of 1 meatball.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
(Nutriton information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)
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