Every few weeks we get together with some friends for family game night. The location changes, but every so often I find myself cooking for a large group of people. As much as I would like preparing a fancy meal for them, I never have the time for it. Instead I focus on ease + tastiness.
So when I was approached and asked if I wanted to try out a simple Ultimate Party Meatball recipe from Heinz, Johnsonville, and Ocean Spray, I thought it sounded perfect. First of all, it only takes 3 ingredients. And second of all there are 2 methods of preparation. One takes a minimum amount of time (15 minutes total), and the other requires almost no work.
1 12 oz. bottle of Heinz chili sauce
1 14 oz. can Ocean Spray Cranberry Jelly
1 24 oz package frozen, fully cooked Johnsonville Classic Italian Meatballs
Slow Cooker Preparation
1 – Place Meatballs in a slow cooker
2 – Pour sauces over meatballs
Cover and cook 4 hours on High
1 – Combine Sauces in a Large Saucepan
2 – Cook over Medium, Low Heat, Stirring Until Smooth
3 – Add Meatballs. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until meatballs are heated through, stirring occasionally.
We went with the slow cooker preparation, and I was pleasantly surprised. We put in the meatballs, dumped in the cranberry sauce and chili sauce. Turned our slow cooker on high, and 4 hours later it was done.
I was skeptical how cranberry sauce would be when it was used with meatballs. Sweetness outside of dessert just isn’t my thing. But combined with the chili sauce, it was just a little bit sweet and a little bit tangy.
If you have an easy go to slow cooker recipe, please share it below!