Best Ever Meatball Appetizers Recipe- Sweet and Tangy Meatballs
This Best Ever Meatball appetizers recipe has been a favorite of ours for quite a while. In fact this sweet and tangy meatball appetizer has been a huge hit at all our gatherings.
I have made this recipe more times than I can count, and each time, I have found people almost crawling over each other to get more. Sometimes, depending on the amount of people I am expecting, I double or triple my recipe, just to make sure that there is enough. These are seriously, In my opinion the Best Ever Meatball Appetizers!
The first time I made them, I made half the recipe. I didn’t think I would need more than 25 Meatballs as we had also made a bunch of other appetizers and only had about 6 adults and 3 Children. I was wrong. Not only did all the other appetizers fly, but the meatballs flew so fast they were gone in less than 10 Minuets. Now THAT’S something.
Not one left behind. Not one meatball.
The last time I made these, was for a small Christmas get together we had. Literally 4 Adults and 2 Children in total. 3 different dips and about 50 meatballs. Gone. Every last one! I’m not kidding.
These are easy to make and absolutely delicious.
I don’t have to sell these to you, you will try them yourself and fall in love.
Now, I am going to warn you, the ingredients sound kind of funky. Please over look the appearance of the ingredients list and try this meatball appetizer. You will not be sorry. I promise.
I am going to make these again for New Years eve! They make a perfect New Years eve Appetizer and are actually amazing as part of a meal! Add 3 or 4 Meatballs on top of some rice or egg noodles, with a bit of the sauce and you are golden!
Best Ever Meatball Appetizers
- 2 TBSP Olive Oil
- 2 Lbs of Ground Beef
- 3 Large Eggs, Yolks Only
- 1/2 C. Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs
- 1/2 C. Romano Cheese
- 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
- I Large Onion, Finely Chopped
- 1 1/2 C. Brown Sugar
- 1 1/3 C. Ketchup
- 2 Tbsp White Wine Dijon Mustard
- 3 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 1/3 C. Strongly Brewed Coffee
- Combine all sauce ingredients in a large sauce pan.
- Cook over medium heat for 15 mins, stirring regularly.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 mins.
- Once Finished, the sauce can be stored in the refrigerator until needed. To Reheat, or if serving right away, I put the sauce in a slow cooker and add the cooked meatballs to keep warm for serving.
- Combine All Meatball Ingredients (except olive oil) in a Large bowl and mix until just combined. Do not over mix.
- Once Combined, shape into small sized balls.
- Make balls about 3/4 of an inch in size and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper until ready to Brown.
- Heat Olive oil in a large frying Pan.
- Brown Meatballs in batches over low heat until cooked through, turning frequently.
- Add to Sauce and Serve.
I love it when I walk into a party and see things like this there waiting for me. I tend to stand by the food so I can eat most of it 😉
My husband makes a great slow cooker chili we use for appetizers. It’s amazing – and these sound fantastic!!
You had me at Dijon. It’s a favourite ingredient of mine, I bet these taste amazing.
Omgosh me too Randa! I love Dijon. They DOOOOO taste amazing 🙂
These sound delicious. My son is a big meatball lover so I will have to try them.
Please let me know the verdict once you have tried them! I love to hear thoughts!
OMG yum! These may just be dinner on the weekend!! Thanks for the recipe, Ninja Mommers!
They are delicious! SO GOOD. Seriously! Tell me what you think if you do make them 🙂
These sound delicious. We all adore meatballs here.
Thanks Dee! We do too! I love that you can change the ingredients to make them fit well with anything. We love Spaghetti and Meatballs, These Meatball Appetizers and anything else you can think of. Mmmmm Meatball subs! Sweet and Sour Meatballs…
Now I am hungry LOL!
Those sound so delicious! I’m a huge fan of meatballs, whether it’s for appetizers or a main dish. Yum!
Thank you and me too! Mmmmm
wow those meatballs sound amazing. One of my favorite food item to make. I have my own for Swedish meatballs that always go over so well. (never any left over) Although some of the ingredients are the same for my sauce, your’s slightly different and well worth trying. !! bon appetite !! 🙂
Thanks Tammy! Let me know what you think! 🙂
Ok these look delicious!! Love that the sauce has Coffee in it! Makes me want to try them THAT much more! Meatballs always go over well at potlucks. Speaking of which, I have one at church next week. Guess what I’ll be making!! Thanks for the recipe!
Thank you Paula! The coffee is actually an amazing addition. Let me know what you think when you make them!
I have had these… or some like these at parties before. I loved them. Thanks for the recipe.
I love making meatballs but usually make a Hawaiian kind. i need to try this one next time, thanks!
If you do try them, Let me know what you think !:)
My grandma makes sweet and tangy meatballs every year for Christmas as an appetizer. She cheats and uses the meatballs from Costco and just adds sauce.
This looks amazing!! I would love to make this delicious appetizer for my family and friends for our get togethers.
Oh, meatballs. You are so wonderfully tasty. I love it when you get in my tummy.
I sing that in song form every single time I make these. How did you know!? 😛
YUMMY! I want this for lunch now! 😀 I’ve never thought of using coffee in the sauce, though I just might have to try that next time I make meatballs (which I’ve realised today was forever ago now, heh.) I’ve also never tried browning them before in a pan, but this is actually the third time I’ve heard how to cook ’em in this week, which means I’m gonna have to do this tomorrow, lol… gotta love Food Network addiction. 😉
Meatballs are the best. They’re great for appetizers or main dishes. AND they’re always delicious.
We do a lot of meatballs around this house and between coffee and Dijon mustard, I know I will love these but I might have to do a little arm twisting on the kids.
I am a meatball addict. I love them so much. I think they make the ultimate appetizer.
I love meatballs, like really love meatballs. Love that you added brown sugar , but I must admit the coffee has thrown me off but I’m willing to try it.
I promise you, it’s shockingly good!
I love meatballs I would probably be able to eat 50 of them myself lol.These look great thank you for sharing.
This sounds a lot like a recipe I make for meatballs. I’ll have to try it out next time I’m in the mood for meatballs!
I usually do meatball sliders. i have to try making them with your tangy sauce!
I really don’t have a favorite appetizer recipe. I really haven’t had the opportunity to make any. Our parties are always a full meal or just desserts. These look really good!
We love meatballs and eat them often. I am intrigues by the coffee being added to this recipe.
YUM! These meatballs look awesome. I love that they don’t require any complicated ingredients. I’ll have to make them, I bet my family would love them.
Oh how awesome. I love sweet and tangy meatballs. Perfect appetizers… Thanks for sharing.
These look soooo good. I love wings and mozzarella sticks! Such great appetizers yum. Oh and garlic bread haha all things that are sooo bad but sooo good!
I’m always a fan of meatball appetizers, but they’re usually just grape jelly & chili sauce. Your recipe sounds SO much better!
Delicious! They look so good! I will add these to my party planning repertoire.
I love meatballs so much, this sounds like the perfect recipe idea for parties!
This is the best idea for when you’re having a party, these meatballs look so delicious; I’d love to have some!
My kids would love if I made these would never survinve for more than five minutes.
This is a great recipe to add to my appetizers collection, thank you!
John loves meatballs! I make a similar version as well. Its always a hit at the parties we take them to!
I have been seeing these all over the internet. Now that I see the ingredients I know why they are the best ever.
These sound amazing! My favorite appetizer is pesto on top of toasted french bread slices. Sooo good.
Mmmm pesto is the besto. Lol I am such a nerd.
Sounds easy enough. This is perfect for Super Bowl Sunday too.
I know. I can’t wait. I use any excuse to make them lol. The golden globes even.. hahhahaha
I love that sweet and tangy flavor. These would be perfect for game day!
Oh we love meatballs at our house. Will have to try this one.
Us too! If you do try these please let me know what you thought! 🙂
This may be straying a little, but those little skewers are awesome. I can never find them near me though. Where do you pick them up from?
I actually got them from the aisle with the food packaging in it at a grocery store. It was in the same aisle as the tin foil! 🙂 I was shocked because I didn’t think I would find them.
Yummmy! My family loves meatballs. They would really enjoy these.
If you try them out please come back and let me know your thoughts!
Looks like great bite size for parties. I bet they are delicious
They really are yummy! 🙂
Making them for Super Bowl. Can’t wait, they look delist! Can you keep them warm in a crockpot?
Yes, I always do! Let me know how you liked them!! 🙂