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Grape Jelly Meatballs

Grape jelly meatballs are a popular appetizer for holiday parties and get-togethers. These are made with ground beef, bread crumbs, and a delicious grape jelly and chili sauce mixture.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 60 minutes

Meatballs Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup onion -- minced
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg -- beaten
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley -- minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup Crisco vegetable shortening -- to brown meatballs
Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 12oz bottle chili sauce
  • 1 10oz jar grape jelly
  • Meatball Directions


Combine the first 9 ingredients, mixing well. Shape into 1" meatballs. Cook in an electric skillet in hot shortening over medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until browned. Or use a regular skillet over medium heat. Cool meatballs by draining on paper towels. Discard and excess fat.

Combine chili sauce and grape jelly in a medium saucepan (or same electric skillet); stir well until jelly is melted. Add meatballs and simmer, uncovered, over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve hot meatballs with toothpicks out of the skillet or a crockpot or chafing dish set on low to keep warm. Makes about 5 dozen 1" meatballs.
Makes about 4 to 5 dozen meatballs, depending on size.

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