Dec 1, 2009

Ultimate Party Meatballs!

I love finding new recipes, especially new twists on old favorites! So when MomCentral offered to let me review the Ultimate Party Meatballs recipe from Heinz and Ocean Spray, I was happy to oblige! I'd heard of people making cocktail meatballs with grape jelly and cocktail or chili sauce, but the Heinz/Ocean Spray pairing sounded really good...

The recipe is SUPER simple:
1 jar Heinz Chili Sauce
1 can Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry sauce
2 pound bag of frozen cocktail meatballs
Either combine in a crockpot and cook on high for 4 hours, or heat the meatballs and sauce in a pan, for about 20 minutes.

I made this recipe for our Thanksgiving dinners (my parents and hubby's), but since I'm FRUGAL I made my own meatballs with this recipe:
Mix 2 lb ground beef with 3 eggs, 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs, 1.5 TBSP garlic powder, 1.5 TBSP onion powder, 2 tsp white pepper and 2 tsp Turmeric. Squish with your hands! Roll into small meatballs and pan-fry until browned on all sides. Transfer to paper-towel lined plate and let drain. (can be made ahead of time)

I decided to add a drained can of pineapple tidbits to the sauces in the crockpot, and cooked on high for just under 4 hours. The end result? NO LEFTOVERS!!! Yay! Both families RAVED about the flavor, and even though we didn't get to my dad's till much later in the day, they reheated wonderfully. I'm definitely putting this on my regular party appetizer list, and I've already gotten requests to make it for the annual Superbowl party!

Be sure to visit the Ultimate Party Meatballs site for recipes, and great tips on entertaining during the holidays! (And while you're there, be sure to enter their $3000 Ultimate Party sweepstakes!)

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Heinz and Ocean Spray and received the ingredients necessary to facilitate my review. In addition, Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate. I did not receive any other compensation for this review. This review reflects my honest opinion based on my experience in using the product, and this post was not edited or reviewed by anyone.

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