Cocktail Meatballs

These little meatballs are a perfect appetizer for any shower or party. I made these (along with my pineapple cream cheese ball) for my sisters bridal shower a few weeks ago and they were a HUGE hit! The guys were even trying to come in and sneak them 🙂
I was bad and used bottled chili sauce that contained high fructose corn syrup (horrible I know!) but next time I’m going to try this chili sauce recipe using ketchup that contains no HFCS so it’s healthier.

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Cocktail Meatballs


  • Meatballs:
  • 1 Lb. Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1/2 C Gluten Free Breadcrumbs I Used Glutino
  • 8 Tsp. Onion Flakes
  • 1 1/2 Tsp. Dried Parsley
  • 1 Tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp. Celery Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp. Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp. Pepper
  • Sauce:
  • 1 14 Oz. Can Jellied Cranberry Sauce
  • 12 Oz. Chili Sauce next to the ketchup
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar or Coconut Palm Sugar
  • 2 Tsp. Lemon Juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all the meatball ingredients. (I like to heat my beef in the microwave for just a few seconds so it's easier to work with)
  3. Roll into small meatballs and place on a greased broiler pan.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through.
  5. In a large pot or crock pot, blend all of the sauce ingredients. Add the meatballs and simmer at least 1 hour before serving.

 adapted from All Recipes

Posted March 30, 2012 by Cassidy in Nut Free, Sides & Appetizers / 6 Comments


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6 responses to “Cocktail Meatballs

  1. Rena

    These are much better than the typical grape jelly version! CHANGES: I boiled the meatballs in low salt chicken broth until they turned gray and floated for several minutes, then drained them and added them to the sauce. Boiling them makes for a moist, rounder, and not flat on the bottom or burned, meatball. Also, half the ground beef can be replaced with ground pork or turkey and the results are a very nicely textured meatball that still tastes beefy enough for the guys. BTW the crumbs are not necessary to “make” the recipe, but the crumbs do make for the meatballs lighter if you use only ground beef. Thanks!

  2. Mae

    Would you be able to tell me what chili sauce you used for this recipe? I only ask because there are some sauces that are more spicy, and others that are more sweet and I want to ensure I’m getting the right kind. Thanks!

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