Holiday Meatballs

Edith Kehoe


Ideal for a crowd, a buffet or potluck. Always a hit!

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15 Min


4 Hr


Slow Cooker Crock Pot

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This is a quick and easy meatball recipe that will be great for any party - holiday, tailgate, game night... so many options. I used apple jelly and apple juice. I loved the flavors of the sweet apple combined with tangy chili sauce. Between the chili sauce and few dashes of hot sauce, this gives the sauce a little spice but not overpowering. The whole crew couldn't get enough of these meatballs. I can't wait to try the orange option. Delish!


1 bottle
chili sauce, 12 oz.
1 jar(s)
orange marmalade or apple jelly, 18 oz.
1 c
orange juice or apple juice
2 dash(es)
hot sauce, eg Frank's tabasco, etc
1 bag(s)
meatballs, frozen (approx. 60), 2 lb bag

Directions Step-By-Step

Combine chili sauce, preferred jam, juice, and hot sauce in large slow cooker. There will be lumps, but not to worry they will disappear as the sauce cooks.
Add frozen meatballs to slow cooker. Cover.
Cook on low for 6 hours. Stir occasionally. Serve.
I sometimes increase the hot sauce, depending on the crowd.

Can also be made in the oven. Cook at 325 for 90 minutes.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Meat Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Collection: New Year Party
Other Tag: Quick & Easy