Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Sweet & Sour Meatballs (aka Grape Jelly Meatballs)

If you are completely unfamiliar with grape jelly meatballs, you probably looked at the title of this recipe and grimaced.  Am I right? 

On the other hand, if you’ve ever experienced the delightfulness that IS grape jelly meatballs, then you just KNOW!! 

My grandma used to make these quite often for family get-togethers.  They were always the hit of the party and everyone always came back for seconds… and thirds.


Have I mentioned yet how easy they are to make?  Easy as pie!  Although I’ve never thought that pie was all that easy.  This is MUCH easier than that. 

Are you ready for your list of ingredients?  It’s so short that you won’t even need to write it down! 

  • Meatballs (I buy the big bag at Costco [Italian Style] but if you prefer, you could make your own)
  • 1 jar of grape jelly (NOT jam)
  • 1 jar of chili sauce (usually found by the ketchup in the store)

Normally, I make this with Heinz brand of chili sauce (I think it’s 16 oz.) but I saw a larger bottle of another brand at Costco.  We used half of it and a whole 32 oz. jar of jelly.  Worked just great!  (you could adjust it to your taste)

Stick all the contents in a crockpot or heat over the stove until meatballs are heated clear through.  Stir occasionally. 

Are you still baffled by the idea that grape jelly and meatballs can go together?  They do, just trust me on this.

Everyone will love them!  And if they don’t, they’re nuts.  


Cari said...

Those are the best! Unfortunately I always get a craving for them when I don't have any grape jelly or chili sauce and am always trying to improvise, but there's nothing like the real thing!

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

I am going to have to try these for sure. Any recipe with only 3 recipes is a must have for me. Limited ways I can screw it up! ;) Happy New Year!