What to Serve With Grape Jelly Meatballs? 14 Best Side Dishes

Meatballs are a classic family favorite dinner staple that can be made and served in so many different ways. They can be served on pasta, as a meatball sandwich, or as an appetizer because they are so versatile and everyone loves them.

Whether you are preparing my famous sweet and savory grape jelly meatballs or another classic meatball recipe, I've gathered a collection of side dishes that everyone will love.

Looking for a quick answer?

The best side dishes to serve with grape jelly meatballs are mashed potatoes, homemade egg noodles, jasmine rice, and vegetable chow mein.

Now, let's get cooking!

1. Mashed Potatoes

brown bowl full of creamy mashed potatoes topped with butter

Everyone loves mashed potatoes, and they serve as an excellent bed for a few meatballs to sit on top.

If you want extra creamy potatoes, add a bit of milk or cream during the mashing process. But take it easy because too much milk, and you will wind up with potato soup!

Additionally, you can add some of your favorite cheeses like cream cheese, cheddar, smoked gouda, or pepper jack to make your mash more flavorful.

2. Avocado Egg Rolls

Sometimes it's fun just to have some snacky finger foods for dinner, like these crispy avocado egg rolls that can be dipped in a plumb, sriracha, or sweet and sour sauce. Stick some toothpicks in your meatballs, hand out extra napkins, and let everyone serve themselves! The kids will love this opportunity to play with their food.

3. Roasted Potatoes and Carrots

Roasted potatoes and carrots topped with rosemary on white plate with whole carrots and potatoes on side

A classic side dish like roasted potatoes can carrots is the perfect thing to serve with these meatballs. The carrots play to the sweetness in the dish, while the potatoes enhance the savory side.

4. Homemade Egg Noodles

These noodles are so simple to make that you'll never want to buy dry egg noodles from the store ever again. You probably already have everything you need to make them, and noodles are an excellent way to serve meatballs. They are especially good with Swedish meatballs.

5. Polenta

Polenta inside white bowl with spoon filled with polenta

Polenta is another simple side dish that will allow your grape jelly meatballs to be the star of the meal. If you've never had polenta, it's kind of like porridge meets mashed potatoes but very versatile, and you can add a lot to this dish to give it flavor. Herbs and spices, even cheese, are usually added to liven up this simple dinnertime staple.

6. French Fries

French fries on a square white plate with a small bowl of ketchup on side

Sometimes you just have to keep things easy, and it doesn't get any easier than meatballs and fries! This is a meal that even your pickiest eaters can get on board with.

7. Chinese Cabbage Salad

The flavors in these grape jelly meatballs actually lend themselves well to the flavors in Asian cuisine. This Chinese cabbage salad has a lovely tamarind dressing that tastes really great with these sweet and sour-inspired meatballs.

8. Jasmine Rice

Cooked jasmine rice in a brown bowl with fork on side

Jasmine rice is a simple and tasty side dish to serve with grape jelly meatballs. Any rice would go well with this recipe, like Basmati or brown rice. Cook your rice in broth, and add some Tumeric or saffron for added flavor.

9. Vegetable Chow Mein

As I said before, this recipe lends itself well to Asian-inspired flavors, and this vegetable chow mein is no exception. If you want an extra flavor boost, add a bit of peanut butter to the chow mein sauce...chefs kiss!

10. Mac and Cheese

Macaroni mixed with melted cheese with parsley on top in white bowl

As far as side dishes go, you can never go wrong with a big heaping pile of mac and cheese. There are so many ways to tailor this dish to make it more appealing to your family. Switch up the kinds of cheeses you use, and add some paprika or a breadcrumb crust on top.

11. Asian Sesame Broccoli

This simple and healthy side dish is bursting with flavors that will perfectly complement your grape jelly meatballs. This recipe requires an air fryer, but if you don't have one, baking the broccoli in your oven at 375 for 10-15 minutes should do the trick.

12. Green Beans and Potatoes

Instant Pot Green Beans and Potatoes

A Southern classic side dish like these potatoes and green beans would be an excellent accompaniment to your grape jelly meatballs. This recipe is loaded with bacon, garlic, and onions that pack a flavorful punch that matches the energy these meatballs give. Confuse and delight your family with this dinner lineup!

13. Classic Potato Salad

There isn't much in this world that doesn't go well with potato salad. And even though it's typically a summertime dish, this recipe is served warm or at room temperature, making it the perfect potato salad to serve any time of the year. Plus, this recipe is an excellent jumping-off point for you to make it yours. Add some fresh dill and some chopped dill pickles, or add some lemon zest and garlic. Get creative with it!

14. Cornbread

Cornbread cubes over parchment paper

This sweet and fluffy Southern side dish has been a staple in American cuisine for a long time. Like these meatballs, cornbread is also sweet and savory without being overpowering.

The good thing about this recipe is that it makes so much, you will likely have enough to serve up with your eggs the next morning!

Best Side Dishes For Grape Jelly Meatballs

  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Avocado Egg Rolls
  • Roasted Potatoes and Carrots
  • Homemade Egg Noodles
  • Polenta
  • French Fries
  • Chinese Cabbage Salad
  • Jasmine Rice
  • Vegetable Chow Mein
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Asian Sesame Broccoli
  • Green Beans and Potatoes
  • Classic Potato Salad
  • Cornbread

What to Serve With Grape Jelly Meatballs

A selection of delicious side dishes to serve with my sweet and savory grape jelly meatballs.
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Course: Side Dish
Keyword: What to Serve with grape jelly meatballs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Corrie

Ingredients

  • 1 grape jelly meatballs

Instructions

  • Prepare meatballs according to your favorite recipe.
  • Choose and make your favorite side dishes to serve with meatballs such as Mashed Potatoes, Avocado Egg Rolls, Roasted Potatoes and Carrots, Homemade Egg Noodles, Polenta, French Fries, Chinese Cabbage Salad, Jasmine Rice, Vegetable Chow Mein, Mac and Cheese, Asian Sesame Broccoli, Green Beans and Potatoes, Classic Potato Salad, or Cornbread and prepare.
  • Serve together and enjoy 🙂
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