Caprese Meatballs

three meatballs

My absolute favorite ingredient in the frozen food isle has got to be the meatballs. They are so convenient and versatile. I’ve tried lots of different brands, and I can’t say I have a favorite, but I haven’t found one I didn’t like either. I can use them to quickly make a spaghetti and meatball dinner for my family, make a meatball sub, and even make some fun and easy appetizers like these little caprese meatballs.

This is one of my go-to easy entertaining recipes for hungry guests. Remember how hungry you were the last time you had or went to a backyard BBQ. Having to smell all those delicious grill flavors and just sit around and wait, Oh the agony! Well no more, next time make some hearty appetizers like these meatballs instead of just a veggie platter or a big salad.  Your guests will certainly thank you!

single meatball

And did I mention how easy these appetizers are? It’s just 4 ingredients! When I entertain I love to make super simple recipes like this from memory, that way I can spend the rest of my brain power on the one thing I love more than cooking, and that’s talking. You may not be using  your grandma’s secret meatball recipe, but I doubt your hungry guests will ever notice.

caprese meatballs in white tray

These little appetizers meatballs are just those fully cooked pre-packaged meatballs from your grocer’s freezer. I heated them by baking them in the oven per package directions. Then I served them on a skewer with a fresh basil and a mozzarella pearl in a puddle of marinara.

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Yield: Serves 4

Caprese Meatballs

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36 fully cooked meatballs (from frozen and cooked per package directions)
36 basil leaves
36 mozzarella pearls
1 jar your favorite (or homemade) marinara sauce
36 toothpicks


Heat meatballs according to package directions. Heat marinara sauce too.

Assemble heated meatballs, basil leaf and mozzarella pearl on a toothpick. Spoon marinara sauce on small or large appetizer plates. Then assemble meatballs in the sauce.

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  20 Responses to “Caprese Meatballs”

  1. These meatballs are too cute for words!!! Looks delish!!!

  2. I love going the semi-homemade route sometimes, especially with appetizers because then I can focus more time on the entree and/or dessert. And boy are these gorgeous! Brilliant idea. 🙂

  3. Susannah — July 8, 2013 @ 11:47 am

    This might be a silly question but those are the cutest toothpicks I’ve ever seen… where did you find those?

  4. So glad I found your site and this recipe! I have some yummy teriyaki pineapple meatballs in the freezer.

    • Angie McGowan — July 8, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

      Thanks! I found them at World Market!

  5. Laurie {SimplyScratch} — July 8, 2013 @ 4:19 pm

    Oh I love these! Seriously so so clever!

  6. These meatballs are so fun! And I love the simplicity of it too!

  7. Belinda @zomppa — July 9, 2013 @ 7:15 am

    THIS is a BRILLIANT idea! Doing it tonight!

  8. JulieD — July 9, 2013 @ 9:56 am

    These are sooo genius!! Love them!

  9. katie — July 9, 2013 @ 10:37 am

    Yum! I love the idea of a caprese meatballs! Super simple idea for entertaining!

  10. Karly — July 9, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

    I’m a huge fan of frozen meatballs too! Unfortunately my kids think meatballs are gross and horrible and disgusting. *sigh*

    I love how pretty these are. Pretty sure the kids can have PB&J while I eat all of these!

  11. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — July 10, 2013 @ 9:01 am

    such a fun idea! Pinned!

  12. I love this idea for an easy, delicious summer appetizer! They look scrumptious, Angie!

  13. What a great way to dress up and re-vamp meatballs! Perfect party food.

  14. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — July 11, 2013 @ 9:19 am

    Awesome appetizer idea!

  15. Chris Caldwell — July 13, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

    This is genius. The basil on the warm meatballs must smell amazing.

  16. Kiran @ — July 14, 2013 @ 9:07 pm

    These are so fun and cute!! Love the twist on traditional caprese 🙂

  17. Aggie — July 15, 2013 @ 7:56 pm

    What a fun appetizer twist on meatballs! These look great Angie, love the idea.

  18. Love how finger-friendly these meatballs are! Can’t wait to try them!

  19. Nina — August 16, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    These would be delicious with Mom Made’s Turkey Meatball Bites that are antibiotic free and low sodium.

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