Sweet & Zesty Meatballs

These are a great recipe for a potluck or buffet.
I always make too much on purpose because the leftovers freeze so well.
2 pounds ground beef
1 large onion, finely minced
1/2 sleeve saltine crackers, crushed
1 teaspoon minced garlic from the jar
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1 jumbo egg, beaten
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, combine all the meatball ingredients and blend well.
  • Shape into 1 inch balls.
  • Place meatballs on un-greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes until browned and baked through.
  • For frozen meatballs, put the sauce in the crock pot first and then stir in frozen meatballs. They'll be ready in 3-4 hours.
*I sometimes cheat and buy the bags of meatballs from Costco or Sam's Club

3/4 cup Welch's grape jelly
3 tablespoons white vinegar
1 3/4 cups Heinz chili sauce
1 medium red bell pepper, cut into thin slivers
  • In a large saucepan combine jelly, chili sauce and vinegar.
  • Bring to a soft boil and simmer 5 minutes stirring constantly to prevent scorching.
  • Layer meatballs, peppers and spicy sauce in crock pot.
  • Warm meatballs in sauce for 3-4 hours before serving.
You can put all the leftovers in the freezer together. Be sure to thaw them thoroughly before reheating.


Krystal said...

Those sound so good! Especially the sauce. We don't really do meatballs here, but I'll be trying these for a party! :)

Thanks for linking them up to Saturday's Party!

-krystal @ recipesofacheapskate.blogspot.com

Lisa said...

I've eaten these before and thought they were really good. This is definitely a good recipe to have on hand for a party. By the way, I'm having a CSN giveaway on my blog and you're welcome to come by and enter. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2010/11/45-csn-giveaway.html

Martha (MM) said...

Great for Tailgating Time this week! I make these too and sometimes even just use the frozen meatballs, makes it super simple :-)