Monday, January 31, 2011

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Because I’m so original and I’m sure no one else had this idea (ha ha), I thought it would be fun to share some yummy recipes that would fit right into your Super Bowl spread this weekend. I don’t really have a dog in the fight this year, so I’m just planning on sitting back with some good eats and enjoying the commercials game. ;)

I’m starting with a classic today -- sweet and sour meatballs. I’m sure everyone has had some variation of these. In my family, we’ve always made ours with grape jelly and chili sauce -- although I’ve also seen versions made with grape jelly and barbecue sauce, or even apricot jelly and dijon mustard. I like to keep it pretty classic, though, and stick with the grape jelly and chili sauce. I love the way the sweet jelly and tangy sauce work together to coat the meatballs with pure deliciousness. This recipe works great with cocktail wieners, too.

If you haven’t tried these (are you living under a rock?!), the combination of ingredients probably sounds a bit odd. But just trust me on this -- these are delicious. I made a full five pounds of meatballs for my son’s first birthday party earlier this month (two slow cookers’ worth!), and they were the first thing to disappear. I’m choosing to believe that’s because they’re just that good, and not because everything else I made tasted terrible. :)

Sweet and Sour Meatballs
from everywhere

3 to 5 pounds frozen meatballs
1 32-ounce jar grape jelly
1 12-ounce jar chili sauce

Whisk together grape jelly and chili sauce. Add meatballs to a slow cooker that’s been sprayed with cooking spray. Pour sauce over the top and stir gently to combine. Cook on low for 5 hours or until hot.



Unknown said...

i love meatballs like this but have mixed it up a bit and my favorite are when you sub ligonberry jam (like ikea has) instead of the grape or even cranberry sauce really is great!

Ellen Zames said...

How funny, we posted Sweet n' Sour meatballs on our blog today too. I've always wanted to try this version. We use pasta sauce and cranberry sauce.


Leigh said...

this is one of my favorite meatball versions! I even love them over Rice for dinner! Anyways I love that you wrote from everywhere! made me laugh!

curele transmisie said...

I love meatballs so I guess it’s time to upgrade my recipes and try these ones out.

Mitch said...

this looks great and must be so yummy!