Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Grape Jelly Cocktail Meatballs

 If you have not heard of grape jelly meatballs, then you must think I have lost my mind.  It's actually a wonderful way to make some amazing sweet and sour meatballs for any party.  I love to make these for parties and it's always the first dish finished. The sweetness of the grape jelly really makes these meatballs a perfect and fun appetizer.

To make the meatballs you will need:

2 lb of lean ground meat (I used ground chicken)
2 tsp of paprika
1/2 onion grated
4 cloves of garlic grated
salt and pepper
3 Tbs of fresh parsley minced
2 bread slice worth of crumbs moistened with some milk

Mix the meatball ingredients and make your desired size meatballs.  In 2 Tbs of canola oil, brown the meatballs on all sides.

Note: if you are making a lot of meatballs for a large crowd you can also substitute prepared frozen meatballs from the store and skip the homemade meatball step.  

 For the Grape Jelly Sauce:
1 cup of grape jelly
1/2 cup of ketchup
1/4 cup of soy sauce
1 Tbs of ginger garlic paste **
red chili flakes to taste
black pepper to taste

Note: **or 1/2 Tbs of each ginger and garlic separately.

 Cook the meatballs with the sauce ingredients on medium-low heat and allow to simmer in the sauce until it forms a glaze (at least 20 minutes).  Taste for seasoning.  If  you need more sweetness add more jelly, more salt add soy sauce. Serve with toothpicks for your guest to enjoy.

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  1. I have heard these are amazing. My kids would go nuts over them.

  2. wow very innovative..............fabulous recipe....thanx 4 sharing

  3. These meatballs look and sound Great! I've never used grape jelly, but I have used apple and they are great!

  4. I have a coworker who makes these for us and they truly are fantastic!

  5. Omg I want to just dive in the bowl. Fabulous. I have never heard of these before so thanks for posting them. I am going to try these out.

  6. Ramona...these look so good! I don't think I've tried these with grape jelly, but I've had something similar with apricot jelly. I love the sweet and tart combo! I know these are meant as cocktail meatballs...but I'd love these for dinner with some rice! Have a great week! : )

  7. This reminds me of the holidays at my grandmothers house! xo

  8. I have in fact never heard of grape jelly meatballs, but I'm game--happy to have another appetizer sauce for meatballs!

  9. Yummy, yummy, yummy!!! Perfect for a NY's party! And who knew you had another meatball recipe to share ;) Just like my never ending brownie recipes! xo

  10. OK - you win for the most interesting and unique meatball sauce! :) It's SO different that I'm going to have to make it - and the meatballs too! It looks like a fantastic dish! BTW - Thanks for the feedback on the oyster sauce.

  11. yum! this looks amazing- my mom makes this for parties and I love it! Props to you for making the meatballs on your own, I usually cheat and just use meatballs from Costco :)

  12. Love, love, LOVE these meatballs Ramona! They are amazing and one of my very favorites!

  13. Interesting! I don't think I've tried grape jelly on meat, but I do like grape sauces on savory dishes, so these look perfect for entertaining.

  14. I love making grape jelly meatballs! I usually let mine sit in the crockpot for a few hours (the lazy cook in me loves this!) while I work on other appetizers for a dinner party =) It's really the perfect dish for a crowd!

  15. These remind me so much of my mom. She loved making grape jelly meatballs. It was almost a sacrilage to even think about not serving these at get togethers.

  16. lovely platter, yummy plateful flavor

  17. Those meatballs look like they're about to jump off the screen! How I wish they could, sorry it's taken me so long to get to them.

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