Meatball Appetizer Recipe / Mistletoe Meatballs

I had the pleasure of tasting a delectable meatball appetizer recipe at a Christmas Party about twenty five years ago. These tender juicy morsels impressed me so much, I decided to create my own version. I am quite pleased with the results therefore I am sharing it with you. Of course, these meatball appetizers need not only be served at Christmas. Mistletoe Meatballs are bite size nuggets that are a popular hit at every dinner, party or holiday event.

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Meatball Appetizer Recipe

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 of a green pepper chopped very fine
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup of bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  1. Mix all the above ingredients thoroughly by hand.
  2. Roll the hamburger mixture into cocktail size meatballs.
  3. Place them in a baking dish.

Meatball Sauce

  • 1 can of jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups of chili sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup of beef broth
  1. In a separate bowl, using a wire whisk, mix all the meatball sauce ingredients together.
  2. Pour the sauce over the meatballs.
  3. Bake in 350 degree oven in a covered casserole dish or roaster for about 35-40 minutes.
  4. Sauce should thicken and be hot and bubbly. If not, uncover for last 10 minutes to thicken.

Serve warm with cocktails forks on an appetizer platter. Complete your appetizer menu with my Deviled EggsBaked Crab Dip and/or Stuffed Mushrooms Royale.

Suggestion: If it is the Christmas season, garnish your meatball plate with some holly. Any other time of year garnish with fresh parsley.

Nutritional Facts: Cranberries The health benefits of Cranberries are too numerous to mention them all on this site! Here are a few reasons to make these miraculous berries a staple of your household. Cranberries contain proanthocyanidins (PACs) that can prevent the adhesion of certain of bacteria, including E. coli, associated with urinary tract infections. Researchers believe cranberries may also inhibit the bacteria associated with gum disease and stomach ulcers. Cranberries and Cranberry products are full of antioxidants and other phytonutrients that are believed to help protect against cancer heart disease, and other diseases.