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Buffet Meatballs

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours


about 10-1/2 dozen

I need only five ingredients to fix these easy appetizers. My grape jelly and ketchup meatballs make an appearance at almost every potluck and party. —Janet Anderson, Carson City, Nevada
Buffet Meatballs Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup grape juice
  • 1 cup apple jelly
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 package (64 ounces) frozen fully cooked Italian meatballs
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional


  1. In a small saucepan, combine juice, jelly, ketchup and tomato sauce. Cook and stir over medium heat until jelly is melted.
  2. Place meatballs in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Pour sauce over the top and gently stir to coat. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until heated through. If desired, sprinkle with parsley.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Skip packaged and opt for homemade meatballs instead.
  • This recipe is among our favorite Christmas buffet ideas, as well as a popular Thanksgiving appetizer.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 meatball: 147 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 411mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

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