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These were the most popular appetizer at Thanksgiving! We were having some vegetarians at our Thanksgiving feast, so I made an extra batch of the cranberry sauce and put in the vegetarian (soy) meatballs from Trader Joe's, and that way everyone was happy!
We really enjoyed this recipe. the sauce has a sweeter taste different than a tomato based recipe, but that was what I was looking for. Excellent flavor and easy to make. I made the meatballs and cooked them the day before. Then, when they cooled, I put them in a baggie in the fridge until the next day. They were wonderful and the leftovers reheated well in the microwave. In fact, they just keep getting tastier!
YUM. These were a big hit for our Christmas gathering (so festive!). Used fresh cranberry sauce, and less catsup than was called for (because I didn't have enough) but it worked out fine. Only thing was I didn't realize it called for a crockpot, so I just put it in the oven on low for 20 minutes (until we couldn't wait any longer). They would definately benefit from a slow sit in the sauce though. Thank goodness I got a crockpot for Christmas!!!!
Absolutely delicious - they all disappeared within seconds. I must say though that I was feeling lazy when I prepared them, so I just prepared the sauce in a large pot, added 2 cups of water and cooked the meatballs directly in the pot.
My family really enjoyed these meatballs. I did make a mistake because I cut the recipe in half thinking that I would have made too many. Silly me next time I won't make the same mistake..
Although I didn't love these, my guests and husband certainly did! Here's my big caveat on the recipe: 1 1/2 cups of ketchup makes the sauce WAY too ketchup-y! To correct the "error" once I'd already added in the ketchup, I added some cayenne pepper (that gave an extra kick that was good) and also some cranberry relish I had in the fridge. In future, I'd definitely do chili sauce instead of ketchup. Otherwise, the meatballs themselves were delicious and I think I'll make them on their own--or into a meatloaf--another night this week!
These were amazing!!! I like everything spicy so I added some red pepper flakes! Yum yum yum!
Very good sauce. I used frozen meatballs and everyone loved this. (I put the frozen meatballs right into the crockpot with this sauce and they were ready in 4-5 hours on low.) I had to travel with the ingredients so I omitted the brown sugar and lemon juice. It worked fine, but I'd like to try them sometime to see how it adds to the flavor.
This was a big hit for our mid-day snacks on Christmas. I baked the meatballs about a week in advance and flash-froze. I let them thaw overnight in the refrigerator. In the morning, I mixed the meatballs and sauce, and set the crock-pot on low. They were at a perfect temperature after about 3 hours. I used regular breadcrumbs and dried herbs instead of fresh, and the meatballs were still great, although I may add some salt to the meat mixture next time. We served 9 people for midday snacks, and there were only a few cups of meatballs and sauce left. Thanks for sharing!
I will be making this one all the time. Everyone was fighting over the last few!