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Apricot Glazed Brunch Meatballs

I got the recipe for the basic meatballs from Lovella many years ago. They came with a wonderful recipe for the spaghetti sauce as well, which I will let her post someday. Today I just want to add a variation that can be used as an appetizer, as a side dish with a BBQ, or even main meat with a late summer potato or pasta salad. If you use     1½ - 2 lbs of lean ground beef, you will get a large enough recipe to freeze several small zip lock bags full and have them ready to just add to any quick sauce. ( I freeze them after they are baked and cooled, so they are ready to go)


  • 1 1/2 - 2 pounds lean hamburger
  • 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/3 cup skim milk powder
  • 1/8 cup water
  • 1 tsp dried onion flakes
  • 1 teaspon salt
  • pepper
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  1. Mix and shape into 1 inch meatballs. 
  2. Bake on foil lined cookie sheet for 20 - 25 min., at 400 F. This will make about 60 - 80 meatballs, depending on size.

APRICOT GLAZE (for about 40 meatballs)

Prepare sauce by combining:
  • 1/2 cup apricot jam
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chili sauce
  • 1-2 tablespoons water (optional)

Heat in small saucepan and pour over meatballs. Keep warm or re-heat before serving. For appetizer, serve warm with wooden picks.


  1. They look wonderful...another dish to try! I think I'll have to have a cooking blitz one of these days...and cook for the freezer.

  2. Anneliese, your apricot glazed meatballs looks so good.
    About the meatballs, the recipe came to me originally from Terry's aunt who married an Italian. . the only thing I do different is crush cornflakes instead of the bread crumbs. ..
    I think that these meatballs would be a wonderful addition to a potluck. . makes me think we should all get together and have one.

  3. potluck!...when and where? bettyr and i will fly out on my private jet and we will be there in a jiffy!=}
    yummy looking meatballs, i agree with judy i must cook for the freezer soon.

  4. Excellent. This looks so good and will be fun to serve at a 'dinner party'.

  5. bag is packed!
    This recipe sounds so good Anneliese, apricot glazed!!

  6. That glaze sounds delicious! And I've never thought to add parmesan cheese to my meatballs either, sounds yummy!

  7. Those meatballs look wonderful...can I taste them if I lick the monitor?? Certainly a must try recipe..

  8. These meat balls look so tasty with the apricot glaze. I like to make meatballs and freeze them unbaked, and then take out as many as I need and use a variety of sauces, like you suggested. Potluck sounds wonderful. I have 2 guest rooms for Charlotte and Betty so lets maka a plan. Kathy

  9. This recipe sounds very interesting, and tasty! I think this one will make it to my must-try list :)

  10. I made these today and it was DIVINE!! I only had Peach preserves but it was delicious! I made the recipe just like you said, only I put the meatballs and sauce in the crock pot for a few hours on low. I served them for dinner over buttered/parsly egg noodles, my kids LOVED them!! thanks!


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