Peanut Butter & Jelly Meatballs

As many of you get ready for the unofficial start of summer, I wanted to bring you an easy, fun, kid-friendly recipe for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Meatballs | Inspiration KitchenMeet Peanut Butter & Jelly and Meatballs.

Whaaaaat?  I know!

It sounds crazy, but they are surprisingly good, and your kids will love them!

Because I know that all moms and pops might not be over the moon to have peanut butter and jelly meatballs for lunch, I gave you two versions of thisrecipe.

In one, I amped up the flavor profile of the adult-version, by adding a spicy, serrano chile pepper and extra sriracha sauce.  The addition brings together that flavorful spicy/sweet combination we all love so much!  This version has a delightful, warm, spicy, belly-warming taste that amps up that comforting PB&J taste you remember from your childhood, yet with a delightful, spicy twist!

It doesn’t get much better than that!

And, the kid-friendly version of this sauce has a rich, thick, chocolatey taste that kids will love!

This recipe is rich!  So, you {might} not want to have it as a meal, and keep it as a rich appetizer instead.

I made this recipe in a skillet on the stovetop, but there’s no reason this couldn’t be made in a crockpot and served at parties or a picnic.

Totally kid-friendly, this is a great grab-and-go recipe for adults and kids on the run.


Peanut Butter & Jelly Meatballs
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Recipe type: Appetizers
Serves: 4
Kid-Friendly Version
  • ½ cup grape jelly
  • ⅓ cup teriyaki sauce
  • ⅓ cup peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon sriracha sauce, optional
  • ½ (32-ounce) package frozen meatballs (32 pieces)
  • chopped cilantro, for garnish
Adult Version
  • + 1 finely diced serrano chili
  • + 1 and ¾ teaspoon Sriracha
  1. Combine all ingredients, except the meatballs, in a large skillet. Whisk sauce over medium-high heat until creamy, smooth and bubbling. Add the meatballs and continue to heat while sauces bubbles, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium-low or low.
  2. Simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until meatballs are hot throughout.
  3. Top with chopped cilantro and serve.
This recipe offers TWO versions - a kid-friendly version and an adult-friendly version, which is spicier. When making this recipe, if you want the kid-friendly version, do not add the serrano pepper nor the additional sriracha sauce.



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