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Party Cocktail Meatballs

Rated as 4.8 out of 5 Stars

"These meatballs are a big hit with my extended family. I have also brought them to work and school functions."
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45 m servings 241
Original recipe yields 32 servings


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  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water; bring to a boil. Cook meatballs, working in batches of necessary, in the boiling water until they begin floating on top and are heated through, about 3 minutes. Remove meatballs with a slotted spoon, drain in a strainer, and transfer to a large saucepan.
  2. Combine ketchup, apple jelly, red currant jelly, and hot sauce in a separate large saucepan; cook and stir over low heat until jelly is dissolved and sauce is heated through, 5 to 10 minutes. Pour sauce over meatballs. Simmer, stirring occasionally, over medium heat until meatballs and sauce are thoroughly heated, 15 to 20 minutes.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • The amount of sauce in the recipe works for up to 5 pounds of meatballs, if you make more, you will need to increase the sauce. If you cook less meatballs, you would just have more sauce. The size of your meatballs may change the number of servings. My approximately 32 serving count is based on 5 pounds of 5/8 oz sized meatballs (about the size of a golf ball) and about 4 per person.
  • You can also simmer the meatballs in a slow cooker. Transfer cooked meatballs from boiling water a slow cooker. Pour the simmered sauce over meatballs. Cook on Low for about 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 241 calories; 9.2 27.8 12.3 59 361 Full nutrition

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I have done several recipes from this site but never wanted to share. This has become my go to recipe for pot lucks and the church fellowship meals. It is fast and easy. The only thing I change...

I liked these, but they were a bit too sweet for me. I had to add a lot more hot sauce than called for and some red pepper to offset how sweet they were. (I still didn't taste any heat.) I then...

This is how my mother has been making meatballs for usually Christmas since I was little (over 35 years) minus the red currant. She got the recipe from my Dad's mother. So this recipe has been a...

The family could not get enough of it!!! I have made these types of meatballs for years this sauce is the best hands down. Also, so easy!!

This is my pot luck go to. I also make this where doing the fellowship dinner at church. I serve with Hawaiian rolls and a garden salad. Easy on me and a big hit.