If you love to entertain but hate to spend all your time cooking for the party, you’re going to love these Easy Sweet & Sour Meatballs. These are always one of the most popular finger foods at my parties among both kids and adults.
One of my favorite parts of the busy holiday season are all the parties that accompany this time of year. I love to throw parties as much as I love to attend them because: 1) it’s the best incentive to make my house sparkle and shine and 2) I love getting to see so many of my favorite people all at once.
And since my favorite part of ATTENDING parties is getting to sample lots of great food, I like to make sure that I have a generous buffet of goodies when I’m the hostess. And those leftover finger foods make delicious snacks the next couple of days after the party.
In my younger days, I thought it was cheating if I didn’t make everything from scratch. Since then, I’ve learned that most people don’t care if you cut a few corners and it is far easier to enjoy the party when you’re well rested so it’s best to have a few shortcuts intermingled with your gourmet fare. My very favorite “cheater” recipe is for Sweet & Sour Meatballs.
If you have the time, you can make the meatballs from scratch. However, this sauce is so flavorful, it effortlessly dresses up frozen meatballs so you can get away with making that time-saving switch here. The very best part of this recipe though is how unbelievably easy it is!
Chances are, you have seen recipes similar to this one before. The unlikely pairing of chili sauce and grape jelly is a secret that’s been out of the bag for awhile now.
Although I am a fan of the original, insanely easy variation, I prefer the sauce with just a few added ingredients to enhance the flavor.
Don’t be frightened by the ginger and ground mustard. The amounts I use are too small to create a kick, but are just enough to balance the sweet jelly and tangy chili sauce. I have two kids who detest spicy food and they still LOVE these meatballs.
Easy Sweet & Sour Meatballs Recipe
- 2 lbs frozen meatballs
- 12 oz jar chili sauce
- 16 oz jar grape jelly
- 1 tsp ground mustard
- 1/2 ground ginger
- 1 T Worcestershire sauce
Place meatballs in crockpot.
Combine all other ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
Pour mixture over meatballs.
Heat on low for 4-5 hours or on high for 2-3 hours.
If you serve as appetizers, provide toothpicks. You can also serve as an entree by spooning the meatballs over rice.
More Easy Appetizers and Finger Foods
If you liked the simplicity of these Sweet & Sour Meatballs, you might enjoy another of my favorite party finger foods – Zucchini Pizza Bites.
I’ve also put together a collection of over 100 of the best finger foods and easy appetizers. This is the list I use to choose my party menu.