Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Most Wonderful TIme of the Year - Jalapeno Cranberry Meatballs

I love the holidays! Besides my birthday, Christmas and anniversary falling within two weeks I love the parties, the presents, and the food. Who doesn't love the long lingering appetizer parities where you walk and graze and talk and graze and graze and graze until you realize that you have eaten your entire weight in pig in a blankets and sausage balls! I made this recipe up last year when I was asked to cater a party and I thought it was the perfect party holiday meatball because lets face it, a holiday party without meatballs is like a movie without popcorn. They are one in the same. So this year when you are asked to bring a dish, don't fret, I've got your back! This recipe can be multiplied many many times to feed any crowd. Happy Ho Hos.

2 bags frozen meatballs (plain and not Italian if possible but if not, no worries)
1 large bottle your favorite bbq sauce (mine is Sweet Baby Rays) After you empty the bottle add 1/2 cup of water to the bottle, shake it around then dump that into your pot as well.
1 can whole cranberry sauce (the whole weird roll thing, not the kind with berries)
2 T steak sauce (A1)
1 Tsp mustard (yellow or Dijon)
1-2 whole jalapenos (depending on how you like your heat

Bring bbq, jelly, steak sauce and mustard to a simmer in a large stock pot. Once jelly has melted gently pour in meatballs and jalapeno. Stir, cover and let simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. This will allow the heat from the jalapeno to come out but not be overpowering. If you need more liquid add a splash of water. I also like to cook these in the oven, I cook them for a good 1 to 1 1/2 hours and stir every 20 minutes. They get a nice carmalization that way are really soak up the sauce. You can also do these in your crock pot for 6 hours on low. Transport in a dish that can be reheated at your location.

Enjoy Y'all!

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