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Meatballs in Strange Sauce

Makes 4 serving(s)


1 (14 ounce) bottle ketchup
1 (12 ounce) jar grape jelly
3/4 pound extra lean ground beef
1 egg
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1 teaspoon onion powder


Adult's permission to use the stove
Large saucepan
2 soup spoons
Medium-size bowl
Dry measuring cups
Measuring spoons
Plastic gloves (if you want)
Large spoon
Cooling rack
Nice serving bowl


  1. Into a large saucepan, squirt the ketchup and, with the help of a soup spoon, scoop the jelly. With the same spoon, stir the ketchup and jelly for about 30 seconds. Set the saucepan aside.
  2. In a medium-size bowl, dump the beef, crack in the egg (throw away the shell!), toss in the bread crumbs from a measuring cup and sprinkle in the onion powder from a measuring spoon.
  3. Wearing plastic gloves or with squeaky-clean hands, mishmash all ingredients in the bowl.
  4. Roll the mixture in the palms of your hands into 16 meatballs. Here's a good tip: The easiest way to make the meatballs is to divide the mixture into 4 equal-size portions. Then roll 4 meatballs from each of the portions!
  5. Very gently plop the meatballs into the ketchup-jelly mixture, one at a time. Cover the pan.
  6. Place the covered pan on a stove burner that's close in size. Turn the burner on medium-high.
  7. Cook the meatballs for 10 minutes.
  8. Then, reduce the heat to low and cook, covered, for 10 more minutes.
  9. Using a potholder, uncover the pan. Extra carefully, stir the meatballs with a large, clean spoon. Then cover and cook on low for another 15 minutes.
  10. After the entire 35-minute cooking time, turn off the burner.
  11. Using the potholders, carefully place the pan on a cooling rack, keeping the pan covered. Ask an adult to help you if the pan is too hot or too heavy!
  12. Let the meatballs sit in the covered saucepan for 10 minutes. Then, using potholders, carefully remove the lid.
  13. Use a large, clean spoon to grab the meatballs and to scoop the sauce into a nice serving bowl.
  14. Serve the Meatballs in Strange Sauce to your family—and wait for the praise!


Per serving:
450 Calories, 4.5 g Total Fat, 1.5 g Saturated Fat, 100 mg Cholesterol, 1270 mg Sodium, 88 g Total Carbohydrates, 0 g Dietary Fiber, 58 g Sugars, 21 g Protein, 15% Vitamin A, 10% Vitamin C, 2% Calcium, 10% Iron

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