Floor Meatball Recipe – Best Easy Appetizer

Last updated on May 1st, 2023 at 12:28 am

Meatballs with teriyaki sauce and orange marmalade.

Some of the best easy appetizer recipes are the ones that you can mostly just dump ingredients in and stir, and these fit the bill. While some in the midwest love grape jelly in their cocktail meatball recipes, I love the zing that the orange marmalade adds. Give it a try!

History of the Humble Meatball

Turns out meatballs have been around a looooong time. The Romans and Greeks would combine ground meat with spices and grains to make small balls. These balls were then roasted or boiled and served as a meal or snack.

In Italy, meatballs (known as polpette) are a traditional dish that varies from region to region, and usually include breadcrumbs, eggs, and cheese. In Sweden, meatball (known as köttbullar) recipes are made with ground beef or pork and served with lingonberry jam and cream sauce. (That sounds SOOO yummy, I need to try that!) In the Middle East and Central Asia, meatballs are often made with lamb or beef and flavored with spices like cumin and coriander.

Today, meatballs are a popular dish in many parts of the world and can be found in a variety of different styles and flavors. From classic Italian to spicy Asian meatballs, there is a meatball recipe for every set of tastebuds.

While meatball recipes featuring some good old BBQ sauce are always a favorite, these zingy Asian-style meatballs really get the tastebuds dancing!

How this Meatball Recipe got its Name

These meatballs got their name from an unfortunate incident. I was a lot younger and going to a New Year’s Eve party at a friend. Being an awkward introvert, I was happy just to be going. When I got there, I took my big crockpot of these meatballs in, excited to share. Back in the day, god help me, I don’t know why, I was wearing knee high hose. That used to be a thing. When I got to the kitchen I slipped and fell on the floor and meatballs went everywhere! The introvert was now the center of attention, I truly wanted to have the floor swallow me up. I know I didn’t do nearly as much to cleanup because I practically froze like a deer in the headlights. Sorry Marty! 🙂

Floor Meatballs

Great meatballs, weird story.
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Course: Appetizer
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Cost: $12


  • Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker with Slow Cooker setting


  • 2 lbs frozen homestyle meatballs
  • 8 oz orange marmalade
  • 2 cups Tastefully Simple Honey Teriyaki Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 tbsp seasame seeds, toasted
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce


  • Mix all ingredients except meatballs in bowl
  • Put meatballs in slow cooker. Pour sauce over meatballs and coat meatballs
  • Cook on low for 4-5 hours.


For complete authenticity, drop entire crockpot on floor, then chase dogs around trying to get them to stop eating meatballs while you are cleaning up the mess.  

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