Saturday, March 7, 2009

Orange Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs

These were something my mom used to make for our Holiday Open house at Christmastime. They are quite delicious. and very very easy to make.
Makes about 24 meatballs.

Meatball Ingredients:

1 lb. ground turkey
1 egg white
1 green onion with top sliced
2 tsp grated orange peel
1 tsp soy sauce
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/8 tsp ground red pepper (optional)

Sauce Ingredients
1 can (16 oz) jellied cranberry sauce
1/2 cup barbecue sauce


1. Combine cranberry sauce and barbecue sauce in slow cooker. Cover; cook on HIGH 20-30 minutes or until cranberry sauce is melted and mixture is hot.
2. Meanwhile, place egg white in medium bowl; beat lightly. Add turkey, green onion, orange peel, soy sauce, black pepper and ground red pepper, if desired; mix until well blended. Shape into 24 balls.
3. Spray large nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Add meatballs to skillet; cook over medium hear 8 to 10 minutes or until meatballs are no longer pink in center, carefully turning occasionally to brown evenly. Add to heated sauce in slow cooker; stir gently to coat.
4. Reduce heat to Low. Cover; cook 3 hours. Transfer meatballs to serving plate.

It really is a simple thing to make and you really could make the meatballs ahead of time then just stick them in the crock pot a few hours before your guests arrive to heat everything together.

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