With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Cocktail Meatballs

Friday, November 11, 2011

Cocktail Meatballs

Every Christmas Eve, since the kids were small, included on our dinner menu are...
Cocktail Meatballs
It's an easy recipe that has been around for years.
The meatballs can be made ahead, (baked and cooled) placed in plastic freezer bags and frozen.
When ready to serve, heat sauce ingredients and add thawed meatballs; heat through.
They are nice served at baby or bridal showers and a must each Christmas Eve at our home.
My family likes the large sized and makes little sandwiches on
my dinner rolls (shaped regular ~ not animal shape)
Cocktail Meatballs
From my old Betty Crocker Cookbook

1 lb. ground beef
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup milk
1 T. parsley
1 t. salt
1/2 t. Worcestershire sauce
1/8 t. pepper
1 egg
1/4 cup shortening
1 jar (10 oz) grape jelly
1 bottle chili sauce

Mix ground beef, bread crumbs, onion, milk, parsley, salt, Worcestershire sauce, pepper and egg. Shape into 1 inch balls ( make bigger meatballs, if desired)

Melt shortening in large skillet; brown meatballs.  Remove meatballs from skillet; pour off fat. ( I bake 2-inch size in a 425 oven for 15 minutes)

Heat chili sauce and jelly in skillet; stirring constantly, until jelly is melted. Add meatballs and stir until thoroughly coated.  Simmer uncovered 30 minutes.


Maple Lane said...

We would love these, Lorraine. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. Have a nice day.

T's Daily Treasures said...

My kids would think it was a holiday if I made these. I've been vegetarian for about 2-1/2 years now so they only get meat when we go out to eat. Ever once in a while I will break down and make them something at home.

Love the pictures in your previous post -- especially the birds taking flight.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Tammy

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Oh going to have to make these...thanks, I will put them on my list for this season.

Donna said...

I LOVE these things! It's one of my favorite party foods!

Jennifurla said...

I always love these, such a nice treat.

Susan said...

LDH! What a great idea....and these freeze well, too! I think I'm going to do that. Make a huge batch, put them into the freezer during these more quiet days before the rush begins. Then they'll be all ready.

Oh, THANKS, LDH. Good job! Susan

Haddock said...

Now that is one thing that I will go for a second helping.

Sandy said...

Such a great party idea. Thanks so much for sharing and I will have to make these for sure.

renee @ Singing With Birds said...

This is an all time favorite from my BC cookbook too! You have made them appear more appealing than Betty or myself ever could!

Janice said...

Sounds like the perfect recipe for those busy times when lots of family come round and you have so much to do! Thanks for sharing XXX

NanaDiana said...

God bless Betty Crocker- I have made these many, many times over the years and they are always a hit! I am so glad you shared them here for others to find. I think we must have been new wives about the same time! xo Diana

Beth said...

I still remember my mother's Betty Crocker cookbook. It had some great recipes!

ArtyMarti said...

These are a favorite to have on hand. Thanks for the reminder and the recipe.

Karen said...

I have eaten these at parties before and I'm glad to have the recipe for the holidays. Have a great weekend.

Shelia said...

Hi Lorraine! OH, I love these and haven't made any in so long! Now my mouth is watering! :)
Thanks for popping in to see me and have a great weekend.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Sue said...

A wonderfully delicious tradition, and someting I can make a head. I love my old Betty Crocker cookbook too.

Ann said...

what a delicious tradition.

Buttercup said...

These look so good. Perfect for entertaining or a nice dinner on a cold night.

Petra said...

Friend, this is perfect. Just what I was looking for! Thank you!

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Love those meatballs! My kids even like a similar version with spaghetti.

Patrice said...

Those look yummy!!!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I remember making that same recipe years ago. They're delicious and thank you for the reminder to make them again!

Jennifer said...

I know my family would love these - well, minus my vegetarian daughter..ha - and especially Hubbie. Don't think I've tried my meatballs as little sandwiches but sounds yummy!

Just loved your photos from the kitchen sink! What a beautiful place to fellowship with the Lord while you work during the day!

Hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend!

Jane said...

What a fun family tradition. This will be my husband and I's first Christmas together so we need to start making traditions, this just might be one. Yummy!

Anne said...

Oh that looks sooooo good. Thanks for sharing!!!

Mari @ Once Upon a Plate said...

Hello Lorraine,

These meatballs evoke so many happy times ~ my mom used to make them, then my sister and I did when we began our own families and traditions. This one is our absolute favorite recipe for cocktail meatballs, too!

Thank you for sharing it. Blessings! ~m.

P.S. I'm thrilled to be your newest (595th) google friend follower! :D xo

P.P.S. Gorgeous photography. *sigh*

Walking on Sunshine... said...

These sound delicious! And how nice to be having them every Christmas Eve! Hope you had a nice weekend!

Pamela said...

I love them lined up on a narrow dish. I'm going to remember that when I make these. They look so good -- no wonder your children have made a tradition of them.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

I made these last year and everyone loved them. When I told them that the glaze was grape jelly they didn't believe me (lol) I love old recipes like this!

Maggie said...

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Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet said...

What a wonderful recipe! Those little meatballs look mouth-watering :) Have a lovely week ahead!

SarahElisabeth said...

I think my family would like this too.


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