Tuesday, February 19

Slow Cooker Sweet Sour and Spicy Meatballs



I am going to be honest here... I am a bit food snobby. And a complete hypocrite.

I see a recipe using highly processed goods, and I'm all nose up in the air... "oh she doesn't make her cakes from scratch." "She lets her kids eat HOT DOGS." I fall into that mean group of girls from time to time. I have to smack myself out of it. Listen Carrie... you just had a bologna sandwich with extra Miracle Whip on WHITE bread. .The trashiest of trashy lunches. Who are you to turn your nose up at that hot dog and those cake mix cookies. YOU LOVE CAKE MIX COOKIES. And seriously now who eats bologna?

Feel free to stop reading my blog now if you have any judgment towards bologna lovers.

Though I do love to brag about my homemade breads, and fancy cookies all from scratch I like some crap food from time to time. If I restricted it from my diet forever, I would hate my life. That is the kind of food I grew up eating. It's comforting to me. Besides  a girl deserves a corn dog or bologna sandwich from time to time. (just not every day!)



Or in this case, frozen meatballs.

Why did I not make my own from scratch meatballs? Well because I am the only one in my house that likes them. I wasn't about to buy a bunch of ground meat and make a crap ton of them just for me. That is a lot of work....

To kill my major meatball craving I turned to some the frozen section on my grocery store. I know you don't like me now. But that's ok.

I tossed those frozen balls in my slow cooker with some randomness found in my fridge. Then walla.... the best ever slow cooker recipe on the planet!



Slow Cooker Sweet Sour and Spicy Meatballs

Ingredients:
1 bag of frozen Italian style meatballs
8 oz Sweet chili sauce ( I use my mom's homemade but you can also use a brand like Roland)
1 8 oz jar hot pepper jelly ( I use my mom's but you can buy this at most stores)
1 8 oz jar of candied jalapeno peppers (juice and all)  (I use my mom's "cowboy candy")
1/2 cup ketchup   
1/2 cup diced scallions
Directions:

In a mixing bowl whisk together the sauce, jelly, peppers and ketchup. Add to your slow cooker with the bag of meatballs. Stir and coat all the meatballs. Cover and set to medium. Cook for approximately 4-6 hours. Stirring occasionally. Toss with scallions before serving. These are great on their own, but they would also be great served over white rice.


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    1. You and me both... kinda obsessed with them!

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  2. we all splurge into hot dogs and eat store bought frosting straight from the tub :) I am not going to stop following you because of that coz' guess what I am headed to a meeting where we are serving store-bought glazed donuts. I am going to have to try this savory dish soon!!

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    1. Thanks so much. We need that splurge from time to time!

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  3. I totally understand, I'm a food snob too!! Yes I make an awful lot from scratch, but IKEA meatballs are to die for and I do sometimes have some "crappy food" - it's good as a treat, but I do still love making things from scratch, just sometimes life doesn't allow me the time to do it, I love making bread, but a lot of the time I don't have the time so I buy it, totally guilty!! Definitely won't stop following you! :D

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  4. Seriously, sometimes frozen, pre-made is SO much easier! Im guilty of it too!

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    1. IT IS! I hate that I do it... but at the same time my time can't be spent in the kitchen all day everyday.

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  5. Those look deeeelicious. I used to be more of a food snob than I am now. I think it all serves a purpose- real, processed, boxes, etc. Bad stuff in moderation. Yada yada. The only thing that's never acceptable in any shape or form ever is pickled ginger because that stuff is THE WORST. I mean unless you like it.

    I like these.

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    1. I have a jar of pickled ginger sitting in my cupboard that has been there FOREVER. We aren't down with it.... and I'm not sure why I even have it.

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  6. The best recipes in the world start with "I wonder what I have in the pantry and fridge?" Thanks for sharing yours!

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    1. They do!! It's a good chance to clean the fridge out as well!

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  7. This looks fabulous! I would love for you to link it up at our Wednesday Link Party!

    http://www.thehopelesshousewife.com/linkparties/link-party/

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  8. hahaha! I am surprised you still visit my blog :-) I am all about easy baking mixes! And store bought meatballs...happens here most times too!

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    1. You know I LOVE your blog, I love baking mixes and I love frozen meatballs. I just don't admit this to myself often hahaha. Part of it is my husbands doing... he would like me to be completely unprocessed and live of hemp seeds or whatever it is he eats....

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  9. I think we all fall into that snobby category at times. Like I won't ever eat chicken nuggets but I'll have no problem eating a hot dog or a Big Mac.

    I like frozen meatballs too! They are the perfect starting point for a great appetizer.

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  10. I live in West Virginia and unfortunately don't have access to the candied jalapenos even though they do sound delicious and I plan on trying to make some next year.My question is what can I use in place of the jalapenos to make your meatballs??I want to try and make these for my Chritmas Eve party and didn't know what to use.Google doesn't offer any suggestions .....lol

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    1. Do you have pickled jalapenos?

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    2. Or you can make them. I swear by this recipe... http://www.foodiewithfamily.com/2010/05/23/candied-jalapenos/

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  11. If i want to use actual ground beef how should i prep them?

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    1. Find a meatball recipe you like and prepare them. Use them in place of the frozen ones.

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  12. Lol you crack me up. I'll have to try this.

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