365 Days of Slow Cooking: Slow Cooker 3-Ingredient Party Meatballs
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Slow Cooker 3-Ingredient Party Meatballs

These meatballs are the perfect appetizer for your Sausage Bowl Party this year. With only 3 ingredients and the use of your crockpot they literally take 3 minutes to prepare. They are super flavorful with a little bit of savory and a little bit of sweetness.

These meatballs are the perfect appetizer for your Sausage Bowl Party this year. With only 3 ingredients and the use of your crockpot they literally take 3 minutes to prepare. They are super flavorful with a little bit of savory and a little bit of sweetness.

Whether you're hosting a football watching party or attending one you need to make these meatballs! I promise they will get eaten up in 2 seconds flat. Everyone will be asking you for the recipe. It may get a little bit embarrassing when you tell them that they just have three ingredients--frozen meatballs, grape jelly (I know), and chili sauce. That's it! Really. It sounds weird but they are so good.

Slow Cooker 3-Ingredient Party Meatballs

For this recipe I've teamed up with Johnsonville Sausage. I know you've heard of Johnsonville before and have probably noticed their products in the sausage aisle. But did you know they are also in the frozen foods section? I picked up these Johnsonville meatballs in the frozen foods with the frozen meatballs.

Can I just tell you how much I love sausage? The reason? It's so well flavored that you don't really need to add any other seasonings and therefore you can make recipes with only a few ingredients and no hassle. I suggest having a "sausage bowl" party this year! For example, I like to use sausage in Velveeta Rotel dip. It just brings it to a whole new level.

Start this recipe with your slow cooker and a bag of Johnsonville's Homestyle Meatballs. If you're making for a large group of people, I recommend doubling the recipe. You'll still be able to fit everything into a 6 quart slow cooker with no problems.

Slow Cooker 3-Ingredient Party Meatballs

You'll stir the grape jelly and chili sauce together and coat the meatballs with it. Then you'll simply cover the slow cooker and turn it on low for 4 hours or on high for 2 hours. The meatballs are already cooked through so they basically just need to be warmed. When the meatballs are heated up you can just switch the slow cooker to warm and serve the meatballs straight out of the crock. This will keep them warm while serving.

Slow Cooker 3-Ingredient Party Meatballs

Host your own Sausage Bowl Party this year! To save time I always use my slow cookers when hosting a party (I like this one for parties). I make everything a few hours ahead of time and then I'll have time to get dressed and put on makeup. I'll also have time to clean up a bit before everyone arrives. Make 3 warm dishes. I suggest these meatballs, the Velveeta Rotel Sausage dip and Chiliville Chili. Then you can ask your guests to each bring a dish that doesn't need heat.  Let people bring what they want to bring. You can even ask them to bring their favorite recipe. I really, really don't like it when I'm "assigned" something to bring. It makes me stressed out when it's not my specialty. If you ask your guests to bring their favorite dish then you'll be sure to have lots of good food!

For decor one idea that I thought was super cute is to use cut out circles of astroturf as coasters. How cute would that be? You can buy it at the hardware store for $1 per square foot. The other thing that I like to do is head over to my local party store. They always carry cute team decor and napkins and plates and such. If you are crafty and up to the challenge there are always lots of cute printables on pinterest (in case you wondered, I'm not crafty...I'm pretty much all about the food).

If you want to go above and beyond here are some other awesome appetizer recipes:
Sausage Deviled Eggs
Pizza Wheel
Brat Crustini
Italian Sausage Pot Stickers

Slow Cooker 3-Ingredient Party Meatballs

Recipe for 3-Ingredient Party Meatballs
Makes 7 servings (4 meatballs per serving, you can easily double this recipe)
Ideal slow cooker size: 6 quart 
Cooking time: 2 hours on high or 4 hours on low

1/2 cup grape jelly (or you can use apricot preserves)
3/4 cup chili sauce
1 (24 oz) package of frozen Johnsonville Homestyle Meatballs (28 meatballs)

1. Combine grape jelly and chili sauce in the bottom of the slow cooker. Whisk until somewhat smooth.
2. Pour in the frozen meatballs. Use a spoon to coat the meatballs in the sauce.
3. Cover the slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 2 hours or on LOW for 4 hours. When meatballs are heated through, turn the slow cooker to warm. Serve and enjoy!
To see all of my sausage recipes go to my visual index here. 

These meatballs are the perfect appetizer for your Sausage Bowl Party this year. With only 3 ingredients and the use of your crockpot they literally take 3 minutes to prepare. They are super flavorful with a little bit of savory and a little bit of sweetness.


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Johnsonville. The opinions and text are all mine.