It’s always nice to have a few appetizers around as we play our nightly game of Cubes (Scrabble Crossword). These little meatballs are just perfect to take the edge off before dinner. One or two with a glass of wine is plenty for us. But maybe, sometimes, three. And with only two ingredients, they couldn’t be easier. What’s not to like?
These treats are perfect, too, for the neighborhood appetizer party. They serve a lot of people and the spicy sweetness is a bit different with meat.
This is designed for pre-cooked homemade or commercially-prepared meatballs. But use them from the freezer for the directions that follow. If using uncooked meatballs or thawed meatballs, adjust your cooking time accordingly. Beats me what that would be. Never tried either way!
Spicy Sweet Meatballs (makes 50)
50 frozen, pre-cooked meatballs (homemade or freezer section of grocery)
1 jar red pepper jelly
Put cooked frozen meatballs in a large bowl.
Dump the whole jar of jelly on them and stir around to coat.
Put all the meatballs into your slow cooker and scrape remaining jelly on bowl on top.
Cover the slow cooker and turn onto low.
Heat for six to eight hours. Remove from slow cooker and serve with toothpicks.
DH’s Rating: 5 Tongues Up DH often suggests this when we need to bring an appetizer to a party. “Just the right amount of heat.”
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