National Meatball Day – March 9th

On March 9th, we celebrate one of the American food holidays. It is National Meatball Day.

It is not clear how this day got started, but who could resist the idea of celebrating National Meatball Day? There are many different ways to celebrate meatballs: Spaghetti and meatballs – Swedish Meatballs – Meatball Sub. – Meatball Pizza – Turkey Meatballs – Lamb Meatballs – Porcupine Meatballs (made with rice) – and the list goes on and on.

There is a restaurant in New York that has 54 different kinds of meatballs.

To celebrate, some restaurants are give a free side order of meatballs, while others are donating money to homeless shelters from the meatball orders. Cook yourself up your favorite meatballs (recipe found below for a new favorite) or go out and order some from a menu near you!

Betty Crocker’s Hot and Saucy Cocktail Meatballs

Hot and Saucy Cocktail Meatballs

Betty Crocker’s website offers this and many more recipes.

Yield: 6 Servings


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 cup Progresso™ dry bread crumbs (any flavor)
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 bottles (12 ounces each) chili sauce
  • 2 jars (10 ounces each) grape jelly


  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Stir together all ingredients except chili sauce and jelly. Shape into 1-inch meatballs. Place in ungreased retangular pan, 13x9x2 inches, or on rack in broiler pan.
  2. Bake uncovered about 20 minutes or until no longer pink in center and juice is clear.
  3. Heat chili sauce and jelly in Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring constantly, until jelly is melted. Stir in meatballs until coated. Simmer uncovered 30 minutes. Serve hot with toothpicks.

Expert Tips:
Handle meatballs as little as possible when forming them to keep them moist and tender.

This mouthwatering sauce is just as scrumptious when used with prepared frozen meatballs or smoked cocktail sausages.

Nutrition Information: Serving Size: 1 Meatball Calories65 ( Calories from Fat20 ), Total Fat2 g (Saturated Fat1 g, ), Cholesterol15 mg Sodium200 mg Total Carbohydrate9 g (Dietary Fiber0g ), Protein3 g ; % Daily Value*: Vitamin A2%; Vitamin C2%; Calcium0%; Iron2%; Exchanges:1/2 Starch; 1/2 Fat; *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


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