best old-fashioned cocktail meatballs

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By Kelly Williams
from Forked River, NJ

I don't know if it's the "extra ingedient" I add, or my homemade meatball recipe, but I'm the one everyone always asks to make them! So sharing my recipe with you all! It's just the ever-still-popular one, but according to my friends and family, just a little touch better! Enjoy! (photo from bing images)

serves Makes 40 meatballs
prep time 15 Min
cook time 20 Min

Ingredients For best old-fashioned cocktail meatballs

  • MEATBALLS:
  • 2 1/2 lbs.
    fresh ground beef, find a pkg. close to this or can be a little smaller is fine
  • 1 cup
    dry italian breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp.
    dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 cup
    milk
  • 1 Tbl.
    dried onion
  • 2 tsp.
    salt
  • 1 tsp.
    worcestershire sauce
  • 2
    large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 tsp.
    garlic powder
  • coarse ground pepper
  • SAUCE:
  • 1
    (16 oz.) jar grape jelly
  • 1
    (12 oz.) bottle heinz chili sauce
  • 1 Tbl.
    sweet baby rays barbeque sauce, original flavor
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How To Make best old-fashioned cocktail meatballs

  • 1
    In large bowl, beat eggs, mix in rest of meatball ingredients with your hands well. Form into 40-45 meatballs.
  • 2
    Place them on lightly oiled foil-lined cookie sheet. Sprinkle tops lightly with coarse ground pepper. Bake in 400º oven for 22-24 minutes or til done inside.
  • 3
    Remove to paper towel-lined bowl. In large deep frying pan, add sauce ingredients. Heat over medium heat, whisking, until jelly has melted and all is combined.
  • 4
    Add meatballs, stir to coat. Simmer in sauce on LOW for 1 minute, stirring.
  • 5
    Transfer to a crock pot that has been preheated to low.
  • 6
    Serve with toothpicks in a glass on the side for guests to pick.
  • 7
    *You can also serve these over cooked rice as a main dish. Drizzle rice with some of the extra sauce, top with meatballs, garnish with fresh finely chopped parsley and serve hot. Serves 6-8.


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