Everyday Mom's Meals: Abundance of Meatballs

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Abundance of Meatballs

This recipe came about after two things happened. #1. I won 6 pounds of frozen meatballs from a recipe contest at RecipeLion.com and #2. I received the latest issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine. Don't get me wrong, I am always happy to win recipe contests, and I can always use free food, but six pounds of meatballs go a long way in a family of three and I didn't want to be fixing spaghetti every week for the next few months! So you can imagine my excitement when I found this recipe in the magazine and knew it would be a great use for some of those meatballs! I served these as a meat dish for supper, but the magazine was featuring them as an appetizer, and I agree a big bowl of them would be a huge hit at your next party! The glaze is sweet with just a hint of tang from the ginger and clings to the meatballs so you get a little in every bite.Plus it gives them a slight "crust" on the outside while keeping the inside tender and moist. I also loved the fact the glaze was apple juice based b/c it's something I always have on hand for Alex. I don't mind buying ingredients for one recipe, but I get really annoyed with myself when I can't find other things to make with them and they end up being wasted. If you're looking for something to serve your next party guests, or maybe you also have a huge bag of meatballs in your freezer, these are perfect for you too!

Apple Glazed Meatballs Adapted from Better Homes & Gardens
24 frozen meatballs (I figured 8 for each of us as a dinner sized portion)
1 c. apple juice
1/4 c. soy sauce
3 TBS packed brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. ground ginger
6 green onions, chopped

Place frozen meatballs in Crock-Pot. In a bowl, whisk together apple juice, soy sauce, cornstarch, brown sugar and ginger. In a skillet over medium heat, bring sauce to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes until slightly thickened. Pour over meatballs. Cook on high for 2 hours. Reduce heat to low and cook 1 additional  hour. Transfer meatballs to a serving bowl. Pour remaining sauce over top. Sprinkle w/ green onions.
*NOTE* I followed the directions on my bag of frozen meatballs. Check yours for cooking times.

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Carole said...

I was wondering if you would like to put up a link to this nice beef recipe in my Food on Friday Series. This week the ingredient is beef.

The Better Baker said...

Love winning anything...especially food. GOOD FOR YOU! This sounds like a terrific recipe. Thanks so much for linking up at Weekend Potluck.

Carole said...

thanks for putting up the link. We are now gathering a nice collection of "beefy" recipes.

thanks, too for your nice comment.