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Grape Jelly and Chili Sauce Meatballs

Posted Apr 09 2010 12:00am

Another one of the traditions Kyle and I keep for Pascha are making these meatballs.  I know the name sounds extremely unappetizing, but believe me- this is an easy and cheap recipe, and I can guarantee you will have very few leftovers.  Plus, this is a crockpot recipe- so you can make it slowly over the day if you wish!

I know you’re going to think I’m nuts, but here’s your list of ingredients:

  • a box of roughly 40 frozen meatballs (or, if you have a recipe, you can do those as well- just make sure you cook them first)
  • a bottle of chili sauce (about 400-450 ml)
  • a cup of grape jelly or jam
  • a tablespoon of lemon juice

That’s it! Honestly!

Dump the entire box of meatballs into the crockpot.  If you’re using your own recipe, you’ll want to make lots- probably 40 or so- and make sure they’re browned quite a bit before you put them in.

Dump the entire bottle of chili sauce into the crockpot.  It’s okay if yours has some chunks in it; I prefer the smooth stuff, but they both work well.

Measure out a cup of grape jelly.  I remember thinking this was the most random ingredient for a meatball recipe ever, but believe me- it honestly works out really, really well!

Add the jelly to the pot.  Have faith, people!

Measure out a tablespoon of lemon juice, and pour it into the crockpot.

Stir everything together, and cook in the crockpot on high for 3 to 4 hours, or on low for 5 to 6 hours.  Make sure you stir occasionally so the bottom meatballs don’t burn and the top ones get coated in sauce.  This will also help the jelly dissolve into the sauce better.

A few hours later, your entire house will smell like sweet and sour meatballs.  I know Rob, who lives below us, said he could smell something good!  The ingredients will form a savory-sweet sauce and thicken a bit.  We just eat these on their own as a sort of appetizer, but you could certainly serve these over rice or with egg noodles too!  Enjoy!

(PS- if, for some tragic reason, you have leftovers, don’t store them in a plastic container unless you’re okay with it turning orange.  This wrecked one of our tupperwares, so from now on, I’m storing the leftovers in glass containers!)

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