7 Reviews

These are absolutely delicious. I used ground chicken and ground pork. As one reviewer recommended I added a little ground ginger and a little orange zest. Used 3 lbs. of meat and only doubled the sauce. The ratio of sauce and meat was just about right. The sauce is sooooooo good!

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Some1sGrandma April 28, 2015

We really enjoyed this! I cut the recipe in half. Goes together in a snap! Omitted the liquid smoke. Made for Zaar Chef Alphabet Soup Game.

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mailbelle May 21, 2009

Great! I skipped the liquid smoke...just didn't have any. Used more tomatoes and pasta sauce to make it a bit more saucy for spaghetti. Thanks dave!

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yogiclarebear February 23, 2009

I loved this recipie. I changed a lot though ( insert red face). Not on purpose. When I first read this recipie I read the first ingredient as pasta not pasta sauce and I was using this as a appetizer so I ignored the first ingredient, pasta sauce, compltely. I then added 1/2 c. diced onion, 1/2 cup sweet and sour sauce, 1/2 cup sweet n spicy bb sauce. I only used 8 oz. apple butter, because it was all I had & I used 2 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes. I drained one and I used the juice and all in the other. It came out great and was a hit. MY 3 year old loved it over rice with a side of veggies and my very picky party guests were annoyed when they were gone. Thanks!!

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Gail2293 October 31, 2008

Wow! I was looking for a variation on the standard sweet meatball recipe -- it seems like everything on here calls for grape jelly & chili sauce or cranberry sauce and chili sauce. But that was just too sweet for my taste. Using the apple butter was perfect! Very sweet -- my 2 year old loves it -- but not disgustingly so that adults run the other direction. I didn't have any liquid smoke, so I added some worcester sauce instead. I also added a bit of leftover marinara sauce and used a can of chopped tomatoes instead of fresh ones. But the meatballs I made from scratch, using ground beef, chopped onion, rice, egg, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. LOVE IT! Thanks so much for posting this recipe.

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LawyerMom April 17, 2008

I made this for Christmas and the family just raved about it. I also started making just the sauce and have it with pasta...it's so much more enjoyable than plain pasta sauce out of the jar!

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Cantatigre February 22, 2007

Absolutely wonderful meatballs, taste even better when they cook longer. My 3 year old son loves them, says they are better than mommy's hahahaha. Again have eaten them after Dave cooked them. Danielle

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Chef Danielle March 02, 2006
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