Mama’s Meatballs

Make your favorite meatball recipe or better yet “cheat” and buy them frozen. This would be a recipe for small meatballs, not those giant things that go on spaghetti. Cook them thoroughly. (Don’t forget your food thermometer! Ok, so, I have never used a food thermometer to make this recipe but you really ought to because ground meat is like that.)

Before the advent of frozen meatballs, my mother generally mixed ground beef, onion soup mix, an egg and breadcrumbs together for the meatballs for this recipe. Clearly meatballs themselves are not her specialty but it doesn’t really matter because, well, the sauce is the thing.

Combine 1 package of onion soup mix, one small jar apricot jam/preserves, 1 small bottle russian dressing in a small saucepot. Heat until melted/combined. Pour over meatballs. Then you can serve or you can throw them in a crockpot on low and let them work their party magic. Rumor is that you can serve them over rice or noodles, but can’t say that I have ever done such a thing.


  1. My mother-in-law makes meatball appetizers by using frozen meatballs, grape jelly and something else I can’t remember. It is sweet and spicy and yummy. Your recipe sounds good too! I’ll have to try it.

  2. Grape jelly?

    TW attempted to serve our children meatballs in some grape jelly sauce. The children were completely grossed out and would not touch them. What’s worse is the small child who use to really like meatballs a lot – PLAIN – won’t touch a meatball at all. She still thinks of the grape jelly goo they were floating in.


  3. Maybe chili sauce with the grape jelly? I have had them made that way.

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