Superbowl Recipe: Mom’s Grape Jelly Meatballs

Football is very important in our household.  

It is, in fact, one of the two reasons my hubby and I first met.  The first being that I was completely captivated by his startling blue eyes looking back at me – because I was totally checking him out – through his scuba mask when I taught him how to dive.  The second being that I *somehow* got a hold of his email address and invited him to watch me play football (a well-loved but now bygone hobby of mine), which, little did I know, was music to his ears on so many levels that now our daughter has his beautiful blue eyes too.


A little je ne sais quoi from the good old days

Now, we mostly just watch football on TV.  Well, he watches it; I can’t seem to be bothered anymore, for if I have even a second of non-toddler-dedicated time during the Sunday lineup, I’m more likely to be found spending it writing blog posts, in the kitchen, knitting, or curled up with a good book.

Priorities won out, I suppose.

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He’s still keeping me around though.  

It’s probably because, on a regular basis and most notably on Superbowl Sunday, I make my mom’s grape jelly meatballs.  They are sweet and tangy in the way that all the best toothpick-speared party appetizers should be, they are ridiculously simple to make – especially if you skip the whole homemade meatball part and just buy store-bought (completely understandable!).  

Grape Jelly Meatballs |

I thought, in honour of the upcoming game, I should share these with you.  Stay tuned for a roundup of some other favourites of mine that might just help you plan that Superbowl party this weekend!

Grape Jelly Meatballs |

Grape Jelly Meatballs
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For the meatballs
  1. 1 lb. ground beef
  2. 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  3. 1/3 cup onion
  4. 1/4 cup milk
  5. 1 tablespoon parsley (fresh or dried)
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  8. 1/2 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce
For the sauce
  1. 1/4 cup shortening (can leave out for a lower-fat version)
  2. 1 (12-16oz.) bottle chili sauce
  3. 1 (10 oz.) jar grape jelly
  1. Preheat your oven to 375F. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
  2. Mix together the ingredients for the ground beef. Form the mixture into meatballs and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until browned.
  3. Place the sauce ingredients in a slow cooker. Add the cooked meatballs. Cook until the sauce boils and thickens/darkens slightly. Serve.
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5 comments on “Superbowl Recipe: Mom’s Grape Jelly Meatballs

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  2. I agree with Movita, LOVE that shot of you! So beautiful, so powerful, that is a photo of the woman I want to be.
    ps. the meatballs sound awesome too:)

    • Haha, thanks Beth! I’m putting on my best no-bullshit face here ;o) The meatballs are good too: true comfort food!

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