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Cocktail Meatballs I

Rated as 4.56 out of 5 Stars

"Simple meatballs with an unusual chili sauce/grape jelly coating. Quite a combination of tastes and textures. Note: After cooking, I like to keep the meatballs warm in a slow cooker until ready to serve."
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1 h 10 m servings 458
Original recipe yields 8 servings (16 meatballs)


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  1. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, onion, milk, egg, salt, Worcestershire sauce, and ground black pepper. Mix together, and shape into meatballs.
  2. In a large skillet, heat shortening over medium heat. Add meatballs, and cook until browned, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from skillet, and drain on paper towels.
  3. Add chili sauce and jelly to skillet; heat, stirring, until jelly is melted. Return meatballs to skillet, and stir until coated. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.


  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 458 calories; 22.8 52.5 12.7 72 1038 Full nutrition

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The only way I can give this four stars is after MAJOR changes to this recipe. First, a teaspoon of salt is unnecessary, I left it out entirely (Worcestershire is salty enough). I also left out ...

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I used frozen meatballs from Sam's Club and made the sauce as written exactly. The meatballs were too sweet and the flavors didn't blend well. I used brand name Grape Jelly & brand named chili...

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The only way I can give this four stars is after MAJOR changes to this recipe. First, a teaspoon of salt is unnecessary, I left it out entirely (Worcestershire is salty enough). I also left out ...

This is soo easy!! I cheat though and use frozen meatballs, put them in a crockpot w/the chili sauce and grape jelly and just let them heat in the crock pot on low. Really nice snack. :)

Wonderfully tangy meatballs. I bake (rather than fry) the meatballs on a cookie sheet up to 2 weeks ahead of time and freeze them. On the day I am serving them, I dump the chili sauce and grap...

I would never have tried such a strange combo if not for all the positive ratings, but I'm sure glad I did! We made these for our Christmas party, and everyone loved them - even me, and I'm not...

I gave this recipe 4 stars since the meatballs, (minus the sauce) were excellent. However, the sauce was way too sweet, not at all spicy, and left something to be desired. After some tweaking, I...

This is the same recipe I've been using for the past couple years! However, I don't use shortening and like another reviewer, I bake mine on a greased cookie sheet at 350 for about 30 minutes tu...

I just use the Costco frozen Italian style beef meatballs. I add a bit of mustard and worcestershire sauce to the sauce, about 1-1/2 tbsp each and some ground pepper. Always the first thing to...

I have used this "secret" recipe for years and it always gets rave reviews. It is the most requested dish at family gatherings. I always start with a big bag of frozen meatballs from whatever ...

Excellent, Excellent, Excellent!! I cannot tell you how good these were! I took them to a christmas party last night and I got tuns of compliments on them. I loved them myself. My mouth is wate...