Meatball Appetizers

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Last Friday, we had another family get together and decided to eat leftovers plus we made a few appetizers, mostly finger foods and desserts! This meatball recipe is really  delicious, the meatballs soak up the sauce, oh they are so good! Why would you not try this recipe, it is so easy to make and everyone will think you slaved all day!! 🙂

You can purchase ready made meatballs in the frozen food section of your grocery or make you own. I choose to use the ready made meatballs, it just made it easier since I have been cooking for a week already!

Ingredients:
16 ounce jar of Grape Jam
16 ounces of Chili Sauce
1 bag of Meatballs
Crock Pot liners

I doubled this recipe since we had a big crowd. It’s so easy, combine equal parts of grape jam an chili sauce into your crock pot and stir. Add meatballs and stir, set the crock pot on high for 4-5 hours to cook. You might need to cook longer depending on the size of your crock pot. I did not have any crock pot liners so clean up took a little longer. I like to use the crock pot liners, makes for really easy clean-up!

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 The meatballs I used were Italian style that had garlic and other spices, they were delicious!

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The Chili sauce can be hard to find but the grape jam is easy!

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The above picture shows what they look like after mixing everything, turning on the crock pot and placing the lid on top. 

I would suggest stirring the meatballs about every hour if you can! Next picture, they are ready to eat!!! MMM… they are so delicious!

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What is your favorite appetizer?

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Meatball Sliders

 

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I love making and eating meatball sliders! This recipe makes more than enough for four but there is only the two of us. So, we use the leftovers for spaghetti and meatballs.

For the meatballs you will need ground beef, ground pork, garlic, eggs, parsley, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese.

Ingredients:
1/2 – lb. ground beef
1/2 – lb. ground pork
Garlic clove – chopped (optional)
1 – eggs tablespoon
parsley – chopped (optional)
teaspoon salt teaspoon
pepper 1/3 cup
Parmesan cheese
all purpose flour for coating meatballs

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Start by crumbing up the ground beef and pork into a bowl. Add chopped garlic, egg, chopped parsley, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese. Using your hands, mix together well to combine all ingredients.

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Line a sheet pan with wax paper. Gently roll into 1-1/2 inch sized balls and place on the wax paper. After you get all of them rolled out, stick the pan into the freezer for about 10-12 minutes. This will firm them up a little which helps them stay together when you roll them in flour and while they brown. I don’t care how many times I make these it always wind up with 20 meatballs.

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Remove from freezer and then dredge the chilled meatballs in flour.

Next step is to heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium high heat. Be sure it is large enough to hold the sauce. When the oil is hot, I brown between 6 to 8 meatballs at a time, turning them to brown all sides. Repeat until all are cooked.

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When they are done, remove to a plate and finish with the remaining meatballs. Add more oil as needed for browning the next batch of meatballs.

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Remove meatballs and let drain on plate covered with a paper towel.

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Place your browned meatballs in a pot of simmering spaghetti sauce to finish cooking, about 30 minutes or longer. I like to simmer the homemade sauce and meatballs for 3 to 4 hours.

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Stir the sauce gently as they cook.

That’s it, they are perfect and yummy.

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These can be made for your family or a crowd, a perfect meal!

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Enjoy!

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