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Cocktail Meatballs

One of my favorite appetizers to make for parties is my Cocktail Meatballs recipe. These are so delicious you cannot eat just one!

One of my favorite appetizers to make for parties is my Cocktail Meatballs recipe. These are so delicious you cannot eat just one! The same recipe can be paired with my homemade spaghetti sauce recipe when eating Italian food for dinner.

Cocktail Meatballs Recipe

Cocktail Meatballs
  • 1 pound 100% grass fed ground beef
  • ⅓ cup onion, minced or 2 tablespoons dried
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon Bragg Liquid Aminos
  • ½ cup gluten-free bread crumbs or rice flour
  • ¼ cup almond or coconut milk
  • ⅛ teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, snipped OR 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, crushed OR 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle chili sauce
  • 1 (10-ounce) jar grape all fruit (about 1 cup)
  1. Mix ingredients together (except chili sauce and grape jelly), and shape into 1-inch balls.
  2. Place on cookie sheets and bake for 30-45 minutes at 375ºF.
  3. After they are cooked, they can be put in a glass container and frozen until needed.
  1. Heat chili sauce and jelly in a skillet, stirring constantly, until jelly is melted.
  2. Add meatballs and stir until thoroughly coated.
  3. Simmer uncovered 30 minutes.

Recipe makes 60 meatballs

Hamburger Patty Option

You can alter this recipe to make hamburger patties to serve on gluten-free buns or over a bed of lettuce. The only change required is to add one additional egg to the above recipe. Another fun option when turning the cocktail meatballs recipe into hamburgers is to exchange your pink Himalayan sea salt for Smoked Applewood sea salt to give your burgers a slightly different flavor.

Do you serve your meatballs over a bowl of pasta with spaghetti sauce or as an appetizer with dipping sauce?

This post currently has 9 comments.

  1. Monique Chalke
    April 18, 2017

    looks like a great recipe except for all of the sugar in the chili sauce and the grape
    all fruit. SUGAR IS SUGAR!

    ingredients of the chilie sauce:
    Cane sugar, red chili puree (red chili peppers, salt, citric acid), water, rice vinegar, minced garlic, salt, crushed red pepper, xanthan gum.

    grape all fruit:
    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size1 tbsp
    Servings Per Container16.0
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories35 Calories
    Calories From Fat0 Calories
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat0.0 Grams0.0
    Trans Fat0 G
    Sodium0 Mg0
    Total Carbohydrate9.0 g3.0
    Dietary Fiber3 G12
    Sugars6 G
    Protein0.0 Grams

    do we really need to have all of the sugar?

    • Dr. Z
      April 19, 2017

      You can find super low sugar chili sauce –> http://amzn.to/2oX99NN –> Only 1 gram in this one.

      As for the all-fruit, you can totally skip it or make your own. 🙂

  2. Sabrina
    December 13, 2016

    I was wondering if coconut aminos would be a good sub for the Liquid Aminos?
    I’ve been looking for a GF meatball appetizer recipe. This looks to be it! Thanks so much! Blessings.

  3. Linda
    July 10, 2016

    This is now my “go to” meatball recipe! Thank you for sharing your family favorite!

    • Dr. Z
      July 11, 2016

      It’s awesome, isn’t it!

      Mama Z isn’t even Italian and her food beats out my mom’s who is 100% Sicilian.

      Don’t tell my mom I said that… 😉

      • Gemma
        December 16, 2016

        Dr Z, U are half Sicilian? Amazing! I am 100% American Sicilian. Cool ?

  4. Rachae Jensen
    May 24, 2016

    What brand chili sauce do you use? Thank you

    • Customer Support
      June 13, 2016

      Sabrina says the Organicville brand is what she loves. I looked for it on Amazon and they don’t seem to have it, so check your local stores. 🙂


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