Cocktail Meatballs with Apricot Jelly

Cocktail Meatballs with Apricot Jelly

Cocktail Meatballs

I chickened out. The idea of adding grape jelly to my meatballs was too much for me to stomach.

I may have overdosed on pb&j back when I was a kid. Strawberry, grape, gag. Can’t handle ’em. When this recipe called for an entire jar of grape jelly I had to improvise. I swapped apricot preserves for the grape jelly and it added just the right sweetness to counter the chili sauce.

If you can handle the grape option, report back.

Cocktail Meatballs

Cocktail Meatballs with Apricot Jelly

1 lb prepared meatballs


1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/3 cup minced onions
1/4 cup milk
1 egg
1 Tbsp parsley
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp Worcestshire
1/4 cup olive oil


1 bottle (12oz) chili sauce
1 jar (10oz) apricot preserves

Mix beef, bread crumbs, onion, milk, egg and next 4 ingredients together until well blended. Then roll into generous tablespoon sized balls.

Heat the olive oil over medium-high then begin searing the meatballs. Rotate them as they begin to brown. Once all of the sides are brown remove them from the pan, drain off any oil and then add the chili sauce and apricot preserves. Stir until smooth over medium heat then return the meatballs to the pan. Simmer until the meatballs are cooked through and the sauce has thickened.


Bake meatballs according to package then add to pan with chili sauce and apricot preserves. Simmer until sauce has thickened.

Serve warm.

These may be made ahead and heated just before service.

Cocktail Meatballs

Throw it all together at once, just make sure it is well blended so you don’t have any salty bits.

Cocktail Meatballs

Roll tablespoon sized meatballs.

Cocktail Meatballs

Then sear them in a non-stick skillet.

Cocktail Meatballs

Remove the meatballs, drain the pan then add chili sauce and jelly. Heat while stirring until no lumps remain.

Cocktail Meatballs

Add the meatballs back into the pan and begin the simmer. The sauce will slowly thicken as the meatballs finish cooking through.

Serve hot with toothpicks as an easy finger food.

Would you have gone grape?!


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2 thoughts on “Cocktail Meatballs with Apricot Jelly

  1. Yay! You’re back!
    Do try the grape jelly. It’s Great! My mommas recipe was simply, your favorite meatball recipe, browned, add equal amounts grape jelly & Homemade brand chili sauce, simmer away & serve with cocktail toothpicks.

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