|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 3g||4%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||7%|
|Total Carbohydrate 14g||5%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||3%|
|Total Sugars 10g|
|Vitamin C 4mg||19%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
These sweet-and-savory meatballs are a wonderful addition to your holiday menu, as they make for a tasty appetizer, and can be served with toothpicks, avoiding the use of silverware altogether, which means less work for you and delicious food for your guests.
The combination of chili sauce, grape jelly, and Dijon mustard is a flavorful, tangy sauce, and if you offer these meatballs with other small bites like shrimp empanadas, a cheese plate, a charcuterie selection, and fresh bread, your party can run smoothly without you working on the stove. The meatballs are finished in the crock pot, so after the oven time, you just mix, cover, and come back to ready-to-eat little morsels.
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1 1/2 cups chili sauce
1 cup grape jelly
3 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 pound lean ground beef
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons dry fine breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
Combine chili sauce, grape jelly, and mustard in the crock pot and stir well. Cook covered on high while preparing the meatballs.
Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Grease or spray with cooking oil.
In a large bowl, combine the ground beef with the beaten egg, breadcrumbs, Worcestershire sauce, and salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon or your hands, if needed.
Shape into about 2 or 3 dozen (1/2-ounce) meatballs or 16 to 18 (1-ounce) meatballs. Arrange the meatballs in the prepared baking pan and bake for 12 to 18 minutes, or until cooked through. Alternatively, place a cooling rack in the pan and bake the meatballs on the rack.
Once cooked, discard any liquid from the baking pan and transfer the meatballs to the crock pot. Stir to coat, cover, and cook on low for 3 to 4 hours.
Stir well before serving. Enjoy.
If You Need Lots of Meatballs
This recipe is easily doubled or tripled to feed a crowd. Here are a few ideas to make it easier for you to host a large party:
- Use prepared frozen meatballs to save time.
- Prepare the meatballs the night before, bake them first thing in the morning, and place them in the crock pot.
- For a quick version, heat the sauce ingredients in a Dutch oven or stockpot. Add the cooked or frozen meatballs, cover, and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Transfer to the slow cooker (low setting) or chafing dish for serving.
Add these flavors to your sweet-savory meatballs:
- Use currant jelly or apple jelly instead of grape jelly.
- If you don't have chili sauce or don't like it, combine 1 1/2 cups of ketchup with 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of vinegar, a dash of cinnamon, and a dash of allspice.
- Use a thick, mild barbecue sauce in place of the chili sauce and Dijon mustard.
- Use ground turkey or chicken instead of beef, or use a combination of beef and lean ground pork.
How to Store and Freeze
- These meatballs will keep in the fridge for three to four days.
- Go ahead and freeze them for later use, whether it be for a family gathering or a game day. Simply place in an airtight container, leaving room for the sauce to expand, and freeze. They will last for up to three months. Then to reheat, defrost overnight in the fridge and reheat in the crock pot.