If you love meatballs, you’ll love this easy Marinara Meatball Appetizer! Homemade or frozen meatballs are topped with a delicious homemade marinara sauce that is simple to make and full of flavor. It’s a great appetizer for the holidays!
Having easy appetizers on hand and ready to go is essential during the holiday season. Meatballs are traditionally a favorite at parties, but if you make them yourself it can be a little time-consuming. My kids love meatballs, so I always make sure to have a package of frozen meatballs on hand in case I’m just not feeling up to all the rolling.
These Marinara Meatball Appetizers are:
Easy to make – I love a homemade marinara sauce (and mine is incredibly easy to make) but I make it easy on myself by using frozen meatballs along with fresh grated Mozzarella cheese. Just a few easy steps is all it takes!
Quick – This meatball appetizer takes only 20 minutes from start to delicious finish.
Perfectly portable – Keep some toothpicks handy so guests can easily grab a meatball to snack on.
If you love meatballs, you’ll love this easy Meatball Marinara Poppers Appetizer. Homemade or frozen meatballs are topped with a delicious homemade marinara sauce that is simple to make and full of flavor. It’s a great appetizer for the holidays!
Line a baking sheet with foil. Place frozen meatballs on the tray and bake according to package instructions.
Remove meatballs from the oven and switch the oven to broil. Top meatballs with a spoonful of sauce and about a teaspoon or so of shredded Mozzarella. Place the pan under the broiler for several minutes, watching closely, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Serve immediately, with toothpicks for easy eating.
Use fresh Mozzarella if you can, instead of the pre-shredded package. The pre-shredded cheese you buy at the grocery store has preservatives that help keep the shreds from clumping, but also prevent proper melting. But the block of cheese and shred or slice yourself – it’s so much better!
Keep this recipe super easy and simple and use precooked, frozen meatballs and your favorite jarred pasta sauce.
Add a sprinkle of fresh chopped parsley for color. Basil works too but can brown when chopped so I usually defer to parsley.
Store leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
Freeze once meatball appetizers are completely cooled. To reheat, place in a casserole dish and cover with foil. Reheat at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes. Placing them in the deeper dish keeps the cheese from sticking to the foil.
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Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.