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5 Madly Delicious Ways to Make Meatballs

Throw away those old kitschy cocktail meatball recipes that call for grape jelly and frozen meatballs -- these are easy-to-make and so much better. You'll love that the meatballs are baked, not fried, and the sweet and tangy sauce is ready in under 15 minutes.
01/18/2015 10:50am ET | Updated December 6, 2017

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Delicate, bite-sized and covered in a light cream gravy -- what's not to love about Swedish meatballs? Spear them with toothpicks for a party or spoon them over lightly buttered egg noodles for dinner. Either way, make extra -- they disappear quickly! GET THE RECIPE

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These light and elegant meatballs topped with a tomato-balsamic glaze are made with ground chicken, which is a great alternative to ground beef and so much more flavorful than ground turkey. I typically serve them as a main course with buttered noodles and a vegetable but you can also serve them as an hors d'oeuvre -- just make them smaller and spear with toothpicks. GET THE RECIPE

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In this easy recipe adapted from Curtis Stone's What's For Dinner?, ground beef is laced with warm spices, fresh herbs and garlic, and then grilled in meatball form until smoky and charred. Serve over couscous with a cooling yogurt-cucumber sauce for a quick and easy meal that's big on flavor. GET THE RECIPE

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Here's a quick and delicious Spaghetti and Meatball recipe to add to your weeknight repertoire. The meatballs are baked in the oven, which is easier, neater (no hot oil splattering all over the kitchen -- thank you very much!) and healthier than the typical stovetop frying method. To cut down on cooking time, you can cheat and use a good quality store bought sauce -- no one will notice! GET THE RECIPE

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Throw away those old kitschy cocktail meatball recipes that call for grape jelly and frozen meatballs -- these are easy-to-make and so much better. You'll love that the meatballs are baked, not fried, and the sweet and tangy sauce is ready in under 15 minutes. What's more, you don't need to wait for a party or special occasion to make them: they're delicious over white rice for dinner and kids absolutely love them. GET THE RECIPE

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