Meatball Appetizers


Last Friday, we had another family get together and decided to eat leftovers plus we made a few appetizers, mostly finger foods and desserts! This meatball recipe is really  delicious, the meatballs soak up the sauce, oh they are so good! Why would you not try this recipe, it is so easy to make and everyone will think you slaved all day!! 🙂

You can purchase ready made meatballs in the frozen food section of your grocery or make you own. I choose to use the ready made meatballs, it just made it easier since I have been cooking for a week already!

16 ounce jar of Grape Jam
16 ounces of Chili Sauce
1 bag of Meatballs
Crock Pot liners

I doubled this recipe since we had a big crowd. It’s so easy, combine equal parts of grape jam an chili sauce into your crock pot and stir. Add meatballs and stir, set the crock pot on high for 4-5 hours to cook. You might need to cook longer depending on the size of your crock pot. I did not have any crock pot liners so clean up took a little longer. I like to use the crock pot liners, makes for really easy clean-up!


 The meatballs I used were Italian style that had garlic and other spices, they were delicious!


The Chili sauce can be hard to find but the grape jam is easy!


The above picture shows what they look like after mixing everything, turning on the crock pot and placing the lid on top. 

I would suggest stirring the meatballs about every hour if you can! Next picture, they are ready to eat!!! MMM… they are so delicious!


What is your favorite appetizer?

Happy  New Year!! 🙂 Be safe if you are going out tonight!!

Birds Eye Maple Cutting Boards



25 thoughts on “Meatball Appetizers

  1. Happy New Year Michael, my best friend makes these and tells me all the time how wonderful they are. I have never had them before but am sure they are delicious. Meeting you was one of the highlights of 2014. Best wishes and great success in 2015.

  2. Yum–we’re having homemade spaghetti and pork meatballs tonight for our New Years celebration and I just pulled out my walnut cutting board to slice the bread—thank you Michael—it still looks beautiful!!!
    Hugs and Love and Happy New Years. . .

  3. Oh yum!!
    Here is another great, quick appetizer –
    I use parchment paper and bake a bit longer, between 6-7 minutes. Depends on your oven. Don’t pile the cheese high – instead, spread it out, otherwise the middle won’t get crispy. You can make them a day or two ahead and store covered in a container.

    All the best to you and your family in the new year!


  4. My mother used to make these meatballs every Christmas too. I loved them for their sweet tang. Can you believe Australians don’t eat grape jelly? I know! Nuts!!

    • It is from the 80’s but the ceramic insert does come out. I let it soak over night and it came clean without a lot of work! This old crock pot cooks a lot better than the old ones!! Happy New Year!!

  5. Happy New Year! This is a classic party favorite. I don’t believe the boys have had it though, maybe I’ll break down and make it for them next party. Last night’s menu was already full. I did enjoy using my gorgeous cutting board and everyone admired it, thanks again!

    • Happy New Year to you and your family!! I bet the boys would love them!! I am glad you are using the cutting board! Since I made that one I have gotten over 15 orders for one like it, including my wife!! 🙂

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