Sweet and Sour, Grape Jelly Meatballs

Grape Jelly Meatballs

Meatballs full of flavor with a Grape Jelly and Chili Sauce Glaze.

Tis the season for appetizer, small bite, tapas gatherings.  My favorite kind of parties.

I’m sure this post finds you hustling and bustling and enjoying the Holiday time of year. This week has been a whirlwind in our world. It started last Saturday with our office party. A wonderful traditional Italian meal at a co-worker’s home. Then an ornament exchange party at my friend Heather’s. Her table was filled with wonderful food and I thought the highlight was her spicy glazed ham = omg. Then there was that Thursday Night Bronco game….boo-hoo, the Grinch came early to Denver. And of course there’s that shopping “thing”. Friday night found us glued to the television saddened and horrified for our community, watching yet another school shooting incident unfold, and so very close to home. I was less than a mile away and watched as the army of police vehicles, ambulances, swat team crews, and television stations rushed up University Boulevard in an impressive response.

Secret Recipe Club

I’ve had no time to blog. And for this I thank the December Secret Recipe Club Deadline to get me back in my therapeutic kitchen and doing what I love, cooking and writing about it.

This month I was assigned to carouse around on Shelley’s blog, C Mom Cook. Shelley loves food, and everything involved with it…preparing it, eating it, sharing it. She’s a stay at home mom to two wonderful children and her goal is to share this love of food and the appreciation of the process with them as they grow. And it’s obvious she loves the process. She’s fearless in the kitchen, bakes a lot of beautiful breads, and tackles some impressive projects like Chicken Ballotine, where she took the time to debone a whole chicken, stuff, roll, and truss it.

Meatballs Appetizer Recipe

Being in a Holiday party frame of mind, I stopped in my tracks when I saw these meatballs and went no further into the selection process.  I had meatballs like this at a bridal shower about ten years ago. It’s one of those dishes that you can’t stop eating and when I asked the host for the recipe, her comment was a dismissal of “oh, it’s just made with grape jelly.” Grape Jelly? Well, that’s pretty darn intriguing. I kept pushing for a better description, and I soon realized she was “one of those” who didn’t share.

I was thrilled to find this recipe Shelley, and they’re just as good as I remember.  It was part of a Meatballs From Around the World post. You should head over and take a look for lots of good meatball recipes.

 

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Sweet and Sour, Grape Jelly Glaze
 
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Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • 1 jar (12 oz) (340 gm) chili sauce
  • 1 jar 12 oz) (340 gm) grape jelly (jam)
  • Juice of one lemon
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, combine the chili sauce, grape jelly and lemon juice.
  2. Heat this mixture over medium heat until the jelly melts and everything begins to incorporate.
  3. Add the meatballs to the sauce and simmer for at least 30 minutes, until the meatballs are heated through
  4. This recipe is very, very adaptable. If you don’t have chili sauce, use ketchup. Or cocktail sauce. Don’t have a lemon? Use a lime! Want some added kick? Add a splash or two of teriyaki sauce (yum. I promise.). Be adventurous with your flavor of jam, if you want. You can also choose to cook the meatballs in the sauce rather than adding them in after they are cooked – whatever you choose. We always served these over rice, but they make great appetizer meatballs, or can be served however you prefer.

I used my basic meatball recipe:
5.0 from 1 reviews
Sweet and Sour, Grape Jelly Meatballs
 
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Ingredients
  • 3 pounds extra lean ground beef
  • 13 ounces evaporated milk
  • 2 wholes eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ t. pepper
  • 1 t. salt
  • 2 C. saltine crackers, crushed or 2 C. Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 whole onion, fine diced
  • ½ clove garlic, fine diced
  • 2 t. chili powder
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and form into meatballs. Bake on a cookie sheet treated with non-stick spray. 375 degrees for about 20 minutes. Makes about 40 meatballs.

Sweet and Sour, Grape Jelly Meatballs…They’re what’s for an Appetizer.
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  1. says

    What an interesting combination of flavors in the meatballs. I would have been baffled about “just grape jelly.” I love little bites like this.

    We too have been horrified by all of the shootings. I didn’t realize that one in Denver was so near you. That must have been scary. I just read this morning there was one in the Short Hills Mall in NJ, near where my husband grew up. Something has to be done to stop this.
    Sam
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    • says

      Sam, it was pretty heart stopping to be so close to scene and the activity while this was all unfolding. Your heart is in your throat, to say the least.

  2. says

    Oh, yay! I am so glad that you found, made and enjoyed these meatballs! We love them – they are such a treat!
    Watching the news is such a sad and scary thing these days. Wishing you, your community and the world peace.
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    • says

      Rebekah, those little dishes are actually oyster appetizer plates, at least that’s what the store told me when I bought them. Thanks for stopping by and the comment!

  3. says

    Boo hooo for the Broncos game too. It was just so bad of the Grinch! And off late Colorado is in news for all wrong reasons.. Hoping the state and its people catch a break and have some peaceful times. Oh and winning the super bowl would be just the kind of news we like to be in :)

    I am thinking this grape jelly will be exquisite on paneer. Lovely photos as usual.
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    • says

      I’m still hopeful for a trip to the Super Bowl. I agree that’s just what Colorado needs. And I’m loving that Paneer idea Ansh. I drizzled melted cheese over the top for leftovers.

  4. says

    I can remember making something very similar years ago and it was a big hit. I’m not sure why I stopped making them. Probably, too many new recipes to try :) They sound delicious!

    Wow, that shooting really was close. So sad and scary!
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    • says

      That’s the sad thing about our love for food. We’re always making something new and the oldie but goodies get lost in the shuffle. Thanks for stopping by and the comment.

  5. says

    ha ha, didn’t see this when I made my comment on the Apple on Horseback post. I remember the first time I came across meatballs like this. It was a Christmas office party at Winn-Dixie Stores Jacksonville Division office. I remember thinking, who in their right mind puts meatballs in grape jelly? Then I found out it is a thing.
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    • says

      Well I’m so glad you stopped by! And thanks for the comment. I agree about that lemon juice. When I reheated them, I stirred in a tad of Dijon. That made for a great flavor combo too.

  6. says

    I had a version of these too, at a wedding years ago. But my source shared her recipe. It was my Aunt Pat and I still make her meatballs. The difference from yours is that she used a can of jellied cranberry sauce instead of grape jelly. I love, love your photo! I am having all kinds of problems with photography lately because of lighting issues. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family Lea Ann.
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    • says

      Since I’ve made this recipe, I’ve seen a couple of versions with cranberry. Sounds good to me. Lighting issues are always my frustration. Sometimes I just don’t get it.

  7. says

    Lea Ann, I’m so glad you’re not “one of those” who doesn’t share recipes….because this one sounds fantastic. I love the combination of flavors- wouldn’t this be fun for a New Year’s Eve party? I’m thinking yes. :)
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  8. says

    I thought of you immediately when I heard of that shooting. How scary!
    Your beautiful photo makes me want to grab one of those succulent little bites! In Texas people made a much less elegant version that was cocktail sausages cooked in a crockpot with jar of grape jelly . . . . went by the lovely name of Grape Wienies. (that name makes you want a bite, doesn’t it?)
    Hugs and Merry Christmas!

    • says

      Making those grape wienies very soon! My personal shopper came home with this huge jar of grape jelly that’s clogging up the fridge. Gotta make something with it. :)

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