What to Serve with Meatballs: 15 Best Side Dishes

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Wondering what to serve with meatballs at a party? I have you covered! Meatballs are a classic food that makes a great appetizer that’s flavorful and can be served in a lot of different ways. Below I’m sharing some of the best side dishes and accompaniments to make your appetizer spread a hit. 

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First, you need a great meatball recipe to get started! Try this apple jelly meatballs recipe, or just throw together some classic BBQ meatballs in the slow cooker. You could also try Hawaiian meatballs, grape jelly meatballs, or Swedish meatballs with a tangy sauce or even a chili sauce.

Homemade meatballs are not necessarily finger foods, but they’re so easy to serve with just a toothpick or a fork. No matter what type of meatball recipe you make, grab a recipe for your easy appetizer meatballs, and let’s get into other delicious appetizer pairing ideas. 

What to Serve With Meatballs at a Party

Whether you’re having a dinner party with some appetizers to start or only serving a big appetizer spread, the best way to pair appetizers is to make sure you have a mix of hot, cold, light, and heavier dishes.

Meatballs are a substantial appetizer, so you can place meatballs at the center of your spread and add some foods around them. Whether you’re looking for a classic pairing or a wide variety of flavors, you’ll find something for everyone on this list!

1. Bruschetta

Toasted bread topped with fresh tomatoes, garlic, and basil makes for a perfect Italian-inspired appetizer to kick off your meatball party. This is a really easy recipe that won’t take much time to make, which makes it a great option when you’ve got a list of appetizers to put together for your party. 

You can kick it up a notch with our fiesta bruschetta recipe with Mexican flair!

2. Cheese and Charcuterie Board

This is the perfect appetizer for any party! An assortment of cheeses and cured meats like prosciutto or salami make for an elegant and savory snack and are a great way to fill up your spread. The best part is that it’s so easy to put together. 

3. Spinach and Artichoke Dip

A classic dish that never fails to impress, and it’s an excellent way to add some bulk to your appetizer spread for your dinner party. This is always a really popular dish, and the creamy dip pairs well with the bold flavors of meatballs with a savory sauce.

4. Bacon-Wrapped Dates

This sweet and salty appetizer is sure to please any palate. Simply wrap dates in bacon and bake until crispy for delicious finger food that will complement your meatballs perfectly.

5. Stuffed Mushrooms

Mushroom caps filled with cream cheese, herbs, and breadcrumbs are a tasty and savory appetizer that will leave your guests wanting more.

6. Mozzarella Sticks

Mozzarella sticks are another classic appetizer to serve alongside meatballs, and it’s a super easy side dish, which makes it even better! Serve them with a dipping sauce or season them with grated parmesan cheese, herbs, and spices for an extra flavorful kick. 

7. Summery Caprese Skewers

These fresh and delicious skewers feature juicy cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cubes, and fragrant basil leaves. All of the simple ingredients are tossed in a tangy balsamic glaze and drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil for an explosion of summery flavors. 

Another fun variation is to add tortellini to your antipasto skewers.

8. Onion and Prosciutto Tarts

These savory tarts are made with pizza dough and filled with a combination of caramelized onions, fragrant prosciutto, and creamy ricotta cheese. They’re a great side dish topped off with a sprinkle of fresh parsley for an irresistible appetizer for a special occasion. 

9. Mac and Cheese Bites

Everyone’s favorite comfort food gets a makeover in these delicious mac and cheese bites! Bite-sized macaroni and cheese balls are covered in crunchy Panko breadcrumbs and baked for a delightful twist on traditional mac and cheese. 

10. Ricotta Crostini

These simple crostini are the perfect way to start your meal. Thin slices of toasted baguette are loaded with creamy ricotta cheese and topped with fragrant thyme and freshly ground black pepper. This really simple appetizer will surprise you and probably end up being the star of the meal!

11. Chocolate Fondue

Add a little bit of sweetness with chocolate fondue. It’s a dessert appetizer that will add so much to your spread! It’s easy to make and can be served with skewers of various fruits, nuts, or cookies.

Would you be surprised to hear that meatballs go well with chocolate? It’s true! You can even make cubes of juicy meatballs for dipping. 

12. Mini Brownies

Bite-sized brownies are a delicious dessert appetizer to serve alongside meatballs. Serve them with a variety of sauces for dipping, such as dark chocolate ganache or salted caramel. 

13. Chocolate-Covered Pretzels

Sweet and salty chocolate-covered pretzels are the perfect accompaniment to meatballs. Serve them with a plate of assorted dipping sauces such as honey-mustard, raspberry coulis, and white chocolate. 

14. Fried Apple Rings

Fried apple rings make for a unique dessert appetizer. Serve them hot with a side of caramel dipping sauce for a truly indulgent treat. Next time you have a party, everyone will be asking for this appetizer again!

15. Mini Donut Holes

Mini donut holes are a fun dessert appetizer. Serve them with a variety of dipping sauces such as strawberry, chocolate, or maple glaze.




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