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Ninabell's Appetizer Meatballs

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"This recipe comes from my mother, who is a fabulous cook. She has made these meatballs for parties and family celebrations for years, and they have become a favourite for potluck buffets. They are so easy and very addictive. Great as an appetizer, or served over cooked rice for a tasty meal."
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1 h 15 m servings 238
Original recipe yields 20 servings (20 appetizer servings)


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  1. Stir ketchup and grape jelly together in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat; cook, stirring, until smooth, about 5 minutes. Stir garlic powder, salt, and pepper into ketchup mixture.
  2. Stir meatballs into ketchup mixture; simmer, stirring occasionally, until meatballs are hot and sauce is slightly thickened, about 1 hour.


  • Cook's Note:
  • I always use Heinz® Ketchup and Welch's® Grape Jelly. The frozen meatballs make it fast and effortless, but your own favourite cooked meatballs work just as well. I usually prepare the recipe the night before, then into the fridge overnight, then into the slow cooker to reheat for the buffet. The flavour really permeates the meatballs this way.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 238 calories; 8.8 28.2 12.1 57 493 Full nutrition

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We loved these! Very easy to make too! I used homemade meatballs b/c that's what we prefer. I will def be making these again~YUM! Thanks for sharing. :)

I have to give this five stars I made it for a girlfriends get together pot luck every one raved how wonderful it was, thank you for sharing!

Made these for my husband as he loves meatballs alot. Serving them tomorrow at Christmas eve dinner..but he already tasted them and loves them. I made my own meatballs as I had meat defrosted a...

My husband had 3 servings. The meatballs stayed in the crockpot on low most of New Year's day and my husband and adult sons came in an "noshed". Didn't change anything.

I made these for a pot luck and everyone loved them, not a single meatball left! Great recipe that's easy to make and was well received. Thanks for sharing Jody.