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Sweet and Sour Meatballs

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Sweet and Sour Meatballs
35 Min

If the gang is used to you serving plain cocktail meatballs on game day, you better make extra this time, 'cause they're likely to eat a bunch more of these Sweet and Sour Meatballs...even before the game officially begins!

What You'll Need

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (12-ounce) jar cocktail sauce
  • 3/4 cup grape jelly
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

What to Do

  1. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, egg, water, bread crumbs, salt, onion powder, and pepper; mix well. Form into 1-inch meatballs and set aside.
  2. In a soup pot, mix together cocktail sauce, jelly, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over high heat, then add meatballs. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 30 to 35 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through.


  • This recipe is best prepared the day before serving. Cover and refrigerate overnight then skim the fat off the top and heat to serve.
  • Meatballs every which way -- check out our meatball collection!

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I have made these for over 30 years. They are great over No Yolk noodles for a change up. Also a hot item with the kids for a snack, use the same sauce over cut up wieners, will be gone before you can turn around.

Made these the day before Thanksgiving for the whole family to snack on. Double batch nothing leftover. Very good!!

I have been making these meatballs for over a decade. I first saw them in "Mr. Food Cooks LIke Mama," a wonderful book I still have. My nieces and nephews ask for them at every family Christmas party. The first time I made them I used chili sauce instead of cocktail sauce, because that's what was in my cupboard. I've been making them that way ever since. Delish! In a pinch I just make the sauce and use frozen meatballs.

It sounds very interesting. Will make it for my Christmas Family Brunch! Let you know how it turns out.. Thanks for all the wonderful receipes. Always go to Mr. Food for a holiday.

Made these last Christmas. Family went nuts over them! This year I'll make double. A keeper, Mr Food!!


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