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Cocktail meatballs hold a special place in the canon of Southern party appetizers. While we love the ones our mamas made with chili sauce and grape jelly, this recipe is the one we still pull out for company.

Recipe by Southern Living February 2016


Credit: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Karin Olsen

Recipe Summary test

40 mins
1 hr
Makes 4 dozen


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 450°. Gently stir together ground chuck, next 6 ingredients, and 3/4 cup chopped onions. Shape into 1-inch balls; place in a lightly greased (with cooking spray) 9- x 13-inch baking dish. Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven, and drain off excess fat.

  • Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add remaining onions, and sauté 4 to 6 minutes or until tender. Whisk in flour; cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Gradually whisk in beef broth, and cook, whisking constantly, until smooth. Stir in wine and next 4 ingredients. Reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring often, 15 minutes. Add meatballs, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes.

Chef's Notes

We tested with Swanson 100% Natural 50% Less Sodium Beef Broth.