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Sweet Chili Meatballs Holiday Appetizer

Sweet Chili Meatballs Appetizer // @thislilpiglet

Whether it’s a holiday appetizer or a meal, this recipe is beyond delicious. In fact, it’s one of our family favourites at the holidays because it’s easy, it makes enough for a crowd and one everyone can’t get enough of eating. Add this Sweet Chili Meatballs Holiday Appetizer to your holiday app menu this season for an instant hit.

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Sweet Chili Meatballs Holiday Appetizer – History

There is a family history with these meatballs that spans over many years and many stories. It starts with my husband, Cory, as a young hockey billet spent living with his aunt who often made these to give the comfort feeling of home.

As he grew older he reminisces of a time he brought these to a friends holiday party and accidentally dropped the whole dish on the tile floor, shattering and red sauce everywhere. Don’t do that; that is a bad scene.

When Cory and I got together years later, this was the first appetizer he made me and I knew then that he and I were perfect for each other. He had me at meatballs. Okay, maybe there were a few other things but meatballs was a big one. We’ve been making them ever since together on the holidays.

This Sweet Chili Meatballs Appetizer recipe makes 50 meatballs; I separated the last 8 into a smaller dish but you could just stack the last few on top of the rest to all fit in one baking dish before you pour the sauce over the top.

If you make this to take with you to a holiday party, you can reheat them at 350 covered with foil for about 10 mins. These are best served warm.

Sweet Chili Meatballs Holiday Appetizer //

Sweet Chili Meatballs Holiday Appetizer – Flavour

Don’t let the “chili” fool you; these aren’t spicy. They have a sweet but tangy flavour with a meatball that screams you can’t just have one. Sprinkle fresh parsley over the top for an added touch of greenery and serve with a spoon and napkins for the messy ones. Cough.

From little ones to adults, everyone loves these delicious meatballs and I have a feeling these Sweet Chili Meatballs will easily make it’s way into your heart and onto your holiday appetizer menu for years to come.

Sweet Chili Meatballs Holiday Appetizer in Sauce //

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Holiday Entertaining Guide

Through to the new year I will be sharing several delicious dessert and meal (or appetizer) recipes to help you entertain guests and family through the holidays in my Holiday Entertaining Guide. This recipe is part of the Holiday guide; make sure you check back for other new delicious recipes.

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Sweet Chili Meatballs
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 50
  • 2 lbs lean hamburger
  • 1 can 348ml cranberry jelly sauce
  • 1 jar 455ml Chili Sauce
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup crushed cornflakes
  • ⅓ cup ketchup
  • ⅓ cup dried parsley
  • 3 tbsp soya sauce
  • 2 tbsp dried onions
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine cranberry jelly, chili sauce and lemon juice and bring to a boil, stirring until smooth then set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients and mix well.
  4. Shape balls into 1" rounds and place into a 9"x13" baking dish.
  5. Pour chili sauce over the top and bake uncovered for 50 minutes.
  6. Serve warm as an appetizer or over a bed of rice as a meal.


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3 comments on “Sweet Chili Meatballs Holiday Appetizer”

  1. Pingback: Cheesy Loaded Potato Balls Recipe - Sober Julie

  2. These all look super tasty and like great appys!

  3. Wow i’m salivating just looking at this dish. Definitely adding it to my to make list.

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