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Meatball Appetizer are a Mainstay of Cocktail Parties

Are you planning a dinner party and need a good appetizer to serve? Meatball appetizers are a great treat to make for any dinner party and will be a big hit with your guests. Try this meatball appetizer recipe for meatballs that are sweet and spicy and easy to make. This meatball appetizer recipe is so tasty that it will be a great addition to any meal planned for your dinner party.

Based on ground beef, these meatballs also include breadcrumbs, Worcestershire sauce, egg, and more, and they are browned, and then finished off in a lovely chili and jelly sauce. The results is a platter of Swedish meatballs which boast a wonderful flavor, and the sweet and spicy sauce is amazing. These will smell amazing while they are cooking and then you can serve them on individual plates with small forks or, if you prefer, on one large platter with toothpicks, for a more casual style of eating.

Whether you serve one of these to each guest as they arrive, enjoy it as a Superbowl party snack, or simply make them as a treat for the family, everyone is going to love the homemade flavor of this special meatball recipe. If you want to tweak the recipe, consider using half pork and half beef rather than just beef, or even try chicken or turkey, for a lighter flavor.

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Quick and Easy Meatball Appetizer
Summary: This easy meatball recipe features Worcestershire sauce, onion, and other tasty ingredients in the meatballs, and the sweet, spicy sauce goes beautifully with them. This is such a tasty appetizer.
Cuisine: Swedish
Recipe type: Appetiser
Serves: 8
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  • ½ cup dried breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ chopped onion
  • 1¼ cups grape jelly
  • 1 egg,1 lb ground beef
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 12 fl oz tomato-based chili sauce
  1. Stir together the ground beef, breadcrumbs, onion, milk, egg, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper.
  2. Mix until well blended, then shape into round balls.
  3. Warm a large skillet on the stove over a medium heat.
  4. Add the meatballs and cook for 5 minutes or until the meatballs are browned.
  5. Remove the meatballs from the heat and drain them on a paper towel-lined plate.
  6. Next add the jelly and the chili sauce, and heat until the jelly is melted down and the sauce is mixed together well.
  7. Add the meatballs to the sauce.
  8. Reduce the heat and let the meatballs simmer for another half an hour.

Photo Credit: Swedish Meatballs – 30 Kitchen + Bar by dbgg1979, on Flickr

Photo Description:

Meatballs always go down well, and nobody can resist them when they spot them at a party of social gathering. These are made with beef for a hearty flavor, and they also feature onion, Worcestershire sauce and more. The meatballs are shaped and browned first, then finished off in a chili and jam sauce, so you will experience a range of flavors in every bite. The photo shows what you can expect from this recipe. These are hearty yet not too filling, so you could serve them as a first course before the entrée comes out if you wanted to, perhaps 3 or 4 meatballs per person with a few baby salad leaves.

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