Party Cocktail Meatballs

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These meatballs are a big hit with my extended family. I have also brought them to work and school functions.

1
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
Servings:
32
Yield:
32 servings

Ingredients

  • 5 pounds frozen cooked meatballs, thawed

  • 1 (28 ounce) bottle ketchup

  • 1 (18 ounce) jar apple jelly

  • 1 (12 ounce) jar red currant jelly

  • ¼ teaspoon hot sauce

Directions

  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)

242 Calories
9g Fat
28g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 32
Calories 242
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 59mg 20%
Sodium 361mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 4mg 21%
Calcium 33mg 3%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 287mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.