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Party Appetizer Meatballs

These are a favorite at parties and gatherings. The recipe is easy, and the meatballs can be made well ahead of time and frozen until needed. I think what makes them taste so good is the sauce. —Nathalie Guest, Caledon, Ontario
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    8 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 bottle (14 ounces) hot or regular ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) apple jelly
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) currant jelly

Directions

  • In a bowl, combine the first 12 ingredients. Shape into 1-in. balls. Place meatballs on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes; drain. Combine ketchup and cornstarch in roasting pan. Stir in jellies; add the meatballs. Cover and bake for 30 minutes.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Because these can be made ahead of time, they are perfect time-saving Christmas appetizers or party food.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 meatball: 50 calories, 1g fat (1g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 94mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.