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Meatball with brandy blackberry sauce in cocktail spoon.

Brandy Meatballs

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  • Author: Rhonda
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 24 pieces 1x


Easy, delicious, fast to make, and a favorite whenever served! These Brandy Cocktail Meatballs are a perfect addition to any party, holiday gathering, or just dinner! 


  • 24 meatballs, cooked
  • 1 Tablespoon Paprika (see notes if making your own meatballs)
  • 2/3 cup seedless blackberry jelly
  • 1  teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1/3 cup brandy
  • salt and pepper to taste



Meatballs. We like making our own meatballs but pre-made and pre-baked meatballs work just as good. To make your own basic meatball, mix 1 pound  ground meat (beef, chicken, pork, turkey or combination) with salt and pepper until well combined. Use a 2-3 teaspoon scoop to form small balls and roll between your hands to form your meatball. If making your own meatballs, sprinkle paprika over meatballs  before cooking. Gently toss to coat evenly and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit 10-15 minutes or until cooked through.

Sauce. We use a plain brandy for this recipe but if you can find cherry brandy grab it! It adds so much depth to this sauce. We initially used a red currant jelly for this and it is great with the cherry brandy. However, it is sometimes difficult to find.

Serving. We recommend serving these in a dish to keep them warm. A chaffer,  warming dish, or hot plate will all work. We like adding a few toothpicks to the meatballs in the dish so people understand how to serve them. Then place a small container, like a shot glass, full of toothpicks next to the meatballs. NOTE: THESE ARE GOOD! When we have served these with a spoon people consistently eat 2-3 times more than when we serve them with toothpicks. Plan accordingly!

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 piece
  • Calories: 103
  • Sugar: 3.7 g
  • Sodium: 287.8 mg
  • Fat: 6.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.2 g
  • Protein: 4.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 18.7 mg