Party…Meatballs…Party Meatballs!


Who doesn’t love a game night? My girlfriends & I decided last minute to throw together a game night with the boys- Apples to Apples, charades, a bunch of grub & plenty of booze.

In terms of the grub, I decided to make party meatballs!  I am sure you have all tasted these succulent lil balls of joy – these babies are packed with flavor & are so quick to make & easy to take anywhere for an appetizer.

My mom made these all the time while we were growing up – they even made a cameo in her Christmas gift cookbook . So when I got to the grocery store I knew what to buy. However, after picking up the three original ingredients I decided to also make a clean, healthy batch of meatballs to see how they would stand up to the original recipe.

Original Dirty Cocktail Meatballs (unhealthy):

  • 1 bag of frozen Italian meatballs (32count)
  • 1 jar of concord grape jelly
  • 1 container of chili sauce

Clean Cocktail Meatballs (healthy):

  • 1 bag of frozen turkey meatballs (28count) 
  • 1 14oz jar of unsweetened ketchup
  • 1/4C of A1 sauce
  • 1T minced garlic
  • 1t dijon mustard

Both of the recipes are simple – dump all the ingredients into a crockpot or stovetop pot and cook until warm.  If you pick stovetop it will take around 30minutes & crockpot on low could take a few hours. Choose whatever method your lil’ heart desires.

Both batches of meatballs were a hit! Especially to my husband who claims he ate 30 (he also was drinking my peanut infused vodka so who knows the truth, hehe).  The healthier meatballs definitely went faster than the dirty ones. Next time I think I will prepare them as sliders – the original meatballs would get cinnamon raisin buns & the clean meatballs would get multigrain buns. Both toasted, mmmm mmm!  This recipe might make another appearance sooner rather than later!

Note: the below nutritional info includes ALL the sauce, a lot of which was left in the bowls after the meatballs were gone.

Nutritional Info Per Dirty Ball (Makes 32 Meatballs): 150 calories – 6 grams of fat – 18 carbs – 5 grams of protein
Nutritional Info Per Clean Ball (Makes 28 Meatballs): 50 calories – 3 grams of fat – 3 carbs – 5 grams of protein
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