This is one of those recipes you really donʼt want to tell anybody about until after theyʼve tasted them. We watched these get wolfed down many a time at parties while we also waved away requests for the ingredients until after they were all gone – usually within the first hour of those parties. Here we provide a recipe that includes making the meatballs from scratch. But you could just as easily buy pre made meatballs, or even use Vienna sausages (see our NOTE below). Trust us, it’s a cored-pleasing recipe every time!
1 lb. ground beef (you can also use turkey if you like)
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup milk
1 Tablespoon chopped minced fresh parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup shortening (like Crisco)
1 bottle (12 oz.) chili sauce
1 jar (10 oz.) grape jelly (yes, really, grape jelly — thatʼs the secret!)
Mix ground meat, bread crumbs, onion, milk, parsley, salt Worcestershire sauce, pepper and egg; shape into 1-inch balls.
Cook meatballs in shortening in 12-inch skillet until brown.
Remove meatballs from skillet; drain fat.
Heat chili sauce and jelly in skillet, stirring constantly until jelly is melted.
Add meatballs; stir until coated.
Simmer uncovered 30 minutes.
Serve hot. Makes about 5 dozen appetizers.
*NOTE: You could also substitute 3 cans (5 oz. each) of Vienna sausages, cut crosswise into halves for the meatballs. Decrease simmering time to 20 minutes and you have EASY COCKTAIL SAUSAGES!
QUICK BITE: This literally is a quick bite! These easy to make little cocktail meatballs will be the hit of your next party.