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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


  • 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


  • 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.


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    • Michael
      Dec 29, 2020

      Tasty. I agree with another reviewer about using a whole egg instead of just the white. Also, I found the coating the meatballs, at the end, in hot sauce to be too hot. Instead, I've changed it to an optional dipping sauce.

    • sussexspaniel
      Oct 30, 2019

      These were great. Could not find current jelly. Jalapeño jelly works great on other apps so I tried that with a little of the apple to taste. Worked great.

    • coconutpatty
      Aug 25, 2015

      These were very good. I didn't have currant jelly, so I used grape instead. My husband loved the sauce. He said this is a keeper!

    • marvalrus
      Nov 16, 2013

      These meatballs are fantastic! Just love them right out of the oven. I was a bit worried about the italian cheeses and seasoning, but it was not noticeable and added to the texture really. Very tasty. I didn't have apple jelly so I made my own concoction from ketchup, grape jelly, bbq sauce, honey, brown sugar. It's the meatball in this recipe that's great. Thank you for sharing. I will try it with apple & currant jelly next time because that sounds very nice.

    • lyndarox
      Jun 21, 2013

      No comment left

    • psyclopps
      Feb 17, 2013

      A big hit at my ships (Navy) pot luck. Even the Captain had a few and asked why they were so good. No one believed what the sauce was made out of.

    • kshea
      Jun 3, 2012

      Made these for years (1996) We like these better than any other appetizer meatball recipe we have tried.

    • kakjw
      Mar 8, 2012

      I make these often for parties and they are always a hit! Very yummy!

    • BRANDI29
      Sep 6, 2011

      Very tasty. Takes a litte extra time rolling all the meatballs,but well worth it.

    • lovelyrita9
      Feb 12, 2011

      Every body commented on how much they loved this recipe, I definitely will make it again!