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!)