Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Red Currant Meatballs

When my sister asked me to make Meatballs for our Christmas gathering, I decided I wanted to do something different!  There are the traditional grape jelly meatballs, sweet and sour meatballs and swedish meatballs.  I'm not traditional, LOL.  My first thought actually went to mint jelly, but I nixed that thought right away!  (Some of you just went, PHEW!!!  LOL)  My next thought went to Jalapeno jelly (which is delicious to cook with by the way!) but I decided that might be too spicy for the kids.  So, I went to the jelly section of the grocery store with an open mind.

Then, my eyes met the pretty jar of Red Currant Jelly.  WHY NOT?!!!  So, I grabbed two jars and stuck them in my cart!  And, that's how these meatballs came to be!

I made two 24oz. bags of frozen turkey meatballs because 1 bag didn't look like enough for a crowd and I wanted to be able to send leftovers home with my sister.  I probably had an entire "bag" leftover, LOL! We had 8 adults here and 4 kids (of eating table food age).  The meatballs got rave reviews by all!  These would be great at any party and you can use whatever kind of meatball you want....or even make your own!

*I am typing this recipe as I made it.  So, if you use just 1 bag of meatballs, just halve the rest of the ingredients!

Red Currant Meatballs

48oz. Frozen Meatballs (I used turkey because those are the only kind my sister will eat)
2 12oz. jars Red Currant Jelly
12 oz. Chili Sauce (found near the ketchup)
1/2 cup minced onions
16 oz. pineapple bits, drained

Mix together the Jelly, Chili Sauce and onions.
Add the pineapple bits and stir.

Place your frozen meatballs into your crock and mix with your sauce.
(I dumped half into each crock)
Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or on HIGH for 3-4 hours.

Serve and Enjoy!

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  1. sounds yummy in a weird way! Can't wait to try this recipe!

  2. It's what's for dinner!!! If it goes over well with the fam, might try it out tomorrow night for New Year's Eve!

  3. we add kraut - call them hairy meatballs - great for a Halloween party but we do them all year!