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SANDRA’S FESTIVE CRAN-CHILI COCKTAIL MEATBALLS

A wonderful spicy, sweet,
and moist appetizer...
Yields: 36

Prep: 15 Mins. |
Bake: 20 Mins. |
Simmer: 30 Mins.

Posted by Sandra






INGREDIENTS

***Meatballs:
1 pound lean venison burger 
--(or your preference of ground meat)
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs), or regular
1 garlic clove, minced
3 tablespoons onion, finely minced
½ teaspoon dry mustard
½ teaspoon celery seeds
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

***Sauce:
1 (8 oz. can) jellied cranberry sauce
3/4 cup prepared chili sauce 
--(or, for recipe click here: Sandra's Homemade Chili Sauce)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons lime juice
½ teaspoon chili powder

METHOD

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking pan with tin foil, spray with oil, and set aside.




In a medium bowl, mix together the ground beef, egg, milk, panko, minced garlic, minced onion, dry mustard, celery seeds, and kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Roll into 1” balls (I do so using a small scoop to ensure the meatballs are uniform in size).







Par-bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, turning once half way through.









Meanwhile, in a slow cooker (or large saucepan) over medium heat, blend the jellied cranberry sauce, chili sauce, brown sugar, lime juice, and chili powder.  Bring sauce to simmer while whisking, and reduce to heat to low.





Add meatballs, and use a pastry brush to coat with sauce. Simmer, covered, on low for 30 minutes, while occasionally brushing meatballs with sauce.  Serve skewered with toothpicks. – Enjoy!

3 comments:

sandra said...

I made these for our Friday-night family gathering, and they're delicious!!

Curt said...

Now here's a definite must try! Unfortunately, I didn't get any venison this year, so I'm looking for handouts from friends.

Meanwhile, I may have to substitute pork or beef to try this one out!

sandra said...

Wonderful, Curt! Please let me know if you do. I hope you'll be pleased with the outcome whichever type of burger you choose to use. BTW, good luck on scoring some venison ;)

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