Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Ultimate Party Meatballs

This is a busy season of the year. We have pictures to take with Santa, shopping to complete, cards to mail to everyone we've ever known, gifts to wrap, and parties to attend. On top of all this, we often have to bring a dish to those parties.

This Sunday, I tried a new recipe. Actually, it was so easy that Chris made it while I was in the shower. Yes, girls, it really is that easy!

I wasn't sure how it would turn out. But let me give you some insight into the popularity of these tiny gems: Evie and her little friend Andrew (who is about sixteen months old) inhaled the meatballs. Chris and I tried to figure it out yesterday, and we figure they ate about five apiece! That's a lot for their toddler tummies!

The adults liked them, too. The meatballs were more savory than sweet, which surprised me, and they made a great addition to the buffet spread! Chris made them in the crock pot, so they even kept warm on the drive to the party.

Ultimate Party Meatballs
1 16-ounce can Ocean Spray® Jellied Cranberry Sauce
1 12-ounce bottle Heinz® Chili Sauce
1 2-pound bag frozen, pre-cooked, cocktail-size meatballs

Place meatballs in a slow cooker. Combine sauces and pour over meatballs. Cover and cook 4 hours on HIGH.

Alternatively, you can combine sauces in a large saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring until smooth. Add meatballs. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until meatballs are heated through, stirring occasionally.

Makes 30 appetizer servings. Enjoy! You can find more easy party recipes and planning tips here.

Lisa hosts Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays over at Blessed with Grace. Visit her for more yummy recipes!


Fiona said...

Yum! It must be something in the air. I used my slow-cooker today, too.

Pork roast dropped in there at 6:30am = delicious pulled pork supper at 6pm. Plus happy hubby leftovers.

I think it's the weather - perfect for slow cooking.

Momisodes said...

This sounds so delicious. And I just got a new slow-cooker!!! :)

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Oh Sara, I am so glad you tried this recipe. I saw it, the other day, and wondered if it really was good. I was wanting to make it for an upcoming party! Thanks. Now I will definitely make these meatballs. Thanks for sharing. Don't forget about the TMTT giveaway, next week. I don't want you to miss out.

Greg B said...

These sound like a good reason to have another party!

Justina said...

These sound delicious and so easy! We're having a party food recipe contest and would love to have you enter one of your favorite recipes. The prize is a $400 MarxFoods.com gift certificate. Check out the contest at our blog: http://marxfood.com/

the voice of melody said...

Sounds good, there's something so yummy about slow-cooker food! :)

Shari Baby said...

YUM i love sweet & spicy balls. sorry i had to say it. totally inappropriate i know.