How To Create The Ultimate Party Meatball Appetizer?

Disclosure: I received Heinz®, Johnsonville® and Ocean Spray® products in exchange for sharing this recipe. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

You can’t have a party without having a great party recipe, and I’m always trolling the Internet in search of fantastic recipes I know people will love when we entertain.  One of my favorite dishes to make is meatballs!  Meatballs go good with anything. You can eat them alone with toothpicks served up on a horderve platter. You can make them to go along with a rice dish or pasta dish (spaghetti) is my boys favorite. No matter what party situation, meatballs are a crowd-pleaser.

The Ultimate Party Meatball Recipe

The Ultimate Party Meatballs are super simple and include three ingredients, that’s it!  Heinz® Chili Sauce, $2.39 for a 12 oz glass bottle. It’s a super tangy sauce that is great on burgers and a great dipping sauce for fries or chicken.

A bag of Johnsonville® Classic Italian Meatballs – fully cooked these meatballs are made only with premium cuts of meat and have no artificial flavors or colors. $7.99 for a 24-ounce bag

One can of Ocean Spray® Jellied Cranberry Sauce. Used on our table for years at Thanksgiving and Christmas, because turkey just isn’t the same without it. You can pick up a can at most major grocery stores for about a $1.40 for a 14-ounce can.


This recipe is so super simple and easy as you can see. It’s convenient and great for pot lucks, parties with friends, holidays and more. Not to mention it’s a huge hit with kids as all kids love meatballs.  I prefer to do the recipe in the slow cooker, only because it allows all the sweet and tangy flavors to soak into the meat and cook fully with a taste bud explosion of happiness.

We love the super tangy combo of these meatballs, and I’m not a big fan of cranberry sauce myself but oh it makes these meatballs just sooooooooooo good.  The boys love egg noodles, and my youngest is a huge broccoli fan. So that is how we did ours.  But there are so many ways as you can see above to enjoy and serve this delicious dish and not just for the holidays but all year!

What is your favorite meatball recipe?