Mamma Mia Meatballs

Susan Feliciano


The name of these meatballs had its origin in an old Alka-Seltzer TV commercial: "Mamma mia, that's a spicy meatball-a!" I use these for receptions, and they always go over really well. I save time by using frozen meatballs, but you could make your own if you have a special meatball recipe.

I'm adding my recipe for meatballs at my husband's request. You can use your own recipe if you don't use frozen. My recipe makes about 28 meatballs.


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45 Min
30 Min


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  • 100 small
    frozen meatballs (5/8 ounce size)
  • 1 c
    hot pepper jelly
  • 1/4 c
    worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 c
    brown sugar
  • 3 c

  • 1 lb
    ground sirloin
  • 1 c
    saltine cracker crumbs
  • 1
  • 1/2 tsp
    potlatch seasoning (has pepper, salt, garlic, cumin)
  • 1/2 tsp
    spicy garlic seasoning

How to Make Mamma Mia Meatballs


  1. Place meatballs in a very large baking dish. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine jelly, worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat. Heat to boiling, stirring frequently to prevent sticking. Stir in ketchup and return to a boil. Lower heat and simmer about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Pour sauce over meatballs; stir to coat well. Bake meatballs for 25-30 minutes, until sauce is somewhat reduced.
  4. Place meatballs and sauce in a large slow cooker on low to keep warm while serving. Serve with toothpicks.
  5. To make my meatballs: Beat egg and add to meat and cracker crumbs with seasonings in a large bowl. Mix well with hands until all combined. Form into 1-1/4" meatballs. Place on foil-covered baking sheet. Bake at 400° about 15 minutes.
  6. Chris Langel gave me a recipe for potlatch seasoning!
    2 tsp. salt, 3/4 tsp. ground cumin, 1/2 tsp. dried oregano, crushed, 1/4 tsp. garlic powder, 1/4 tsp. chili powder, 1/8 tsp. white pepper = about 4 tsp.

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About Mamma Mia Meatballs

Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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