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Cocktail Meatballs with Grape Jelly

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Rating: 5/5
3 reviews

ready in: 30-60 minutes
serves/makes:   12

recipe id: 11277
cook method: stovetop

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12 ounces bottle (mild) chili or seafood sauce
10 ounces grape, apple, or other jelly


1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
1/3 cup chopped sweet onion
1/4 cup milk or half & half
1 large fresh egg
1 tablespoon parsley
1 teaspoon table salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup oil, or, small amount of oil mixed with butter for browning


In a large bowl, combine using a fork, the beef, milk and Worcestershire sauce. Allow to sit a few minutes. Continue to combine with fork or gently with hands, add bread crumbs, beaten egg, onion, parsley, milk, salt and pepper. Gently form 1 inch meatballs. Don't press the mixture tightly together. Brown quickly on all sides over medium high to high heat.

Make sauce by heating jelly and chili, or, seafood sauce together.

Place browned meatballs in sauce mixture and simmer, uncovered for 30 minutes. Serve hot.

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256 calories, 15 grams fat, 22 grams carbohydrates, 8 grams protein per serving.
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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I like this recipe because it gives you instructions on making your own meatballs and not just using frozen ones which contain all kinds of fillers. I've made this with both the grape and apple jelly but I think I prefer the grape. I wouldn't use seafood sauce though because that contains more horseradish doesn't it? That doesn't sound good to me. I use chili sauce although I found with the apple jelly using a combo of chili sauce and ketchup worked best.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
My mom has been making meatballs for our family parties for YEARS and everyone devours them, they are always a hit. I now make them for parties and they are still a hit.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I have been making this recipe for years. Every gathering we attend I am asked to bring these meatballs. If you are in a crunch, use Gordon's Premium meatballs - Do not use Italian flavored meatballs if you use the frozen ones.
Throw the sauce and meatballs together in a crockpot on low for and hour and you are ready to go.

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