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Snappy Cocktail Meatballs

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


About 5 dozen

Updated: Apr. 16, 2022
This recipe was given to me more than 20 years ago by a German friend. The meatballs are easy to prepare and can be made ahead of time. —Nancy Means, Moline, Illinois
Snappy Cocktail Meatballs Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/4 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated onion
  • 10 gingersnaps, finely crushed


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-1/4-in. balls. Place meatballs on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 450° for 15 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
  2. Meanwhile, for sauce, combine the tomatoes, brown sugar, vinegar, salt and onion in large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Stir in gingersnaps, continuing to boil until sauce is thick and clear. Reduce heat to a simmer; add meatballs. Heat through.

Nutrition Facts

1 meatball: 43 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 118mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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