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Ridiculously Simple Sweet & Sour Meatballs

by TT January 3rd, 2013 | Appetizers
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I thoroughly enjoying making dishes from scratch.  Whether it be a batch of cookies, a pot of soup, or a loaf of bread, there is a sense of gratification in making something that others will enjoy.  However, there are occasions when I take shortcuts, based on my schedule or other outside factors.  On Sunday we had a belated Christmas celebration with my brother’s family.  As I was making the menu, our oldest asked for sweet and sour meatballs.

Sweet and sour meatballs were always served at a childhood friend’s house at Christmas.  When I discovered the ingredients for the sauce I was a little surprised; they really aren’t items that you would think of combining.  However, it is one of those dishes that many tend to enjoy, even when it is a guilty pleasure sort of dish. Although I do use the shortcut sauce recipe, I do make the meatballs from scratch.  Whether you choose to do so or not is your choice.

Ridiculously Simple Sweet & Sour Meatballs

1 12-oz. jar cocktail sauce

1 12-oz. jar grape jelly*

25-40 meatballs, cooked

Combine all of cocktail sauce and three-fourths of the grape jelly in a small saucepot and place over medium heat.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until jelly has melted and sauces are combined.  Transfer sauce and meatballs to either a large saucepot or a crockpot.  Heat meatballs thoroughly.  For maximum flavor, allow meatballs to simmer in sauce for a couple hours.

*If you prefer a sweeter sauce, all of the jelly can be used.

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