Slow Cooker Cranberry Chili Mini Meatballs

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by Amy on January 17, 2012 · 13 comments

A teacher of 30 years penned this:

In the world of hi-tech gadgetry, I’ve noticed that more and more people who send text messages and emails have long forgotten the art of capitalization. For those of you who fall into this category, please take note of the following statement…

“Capitalization is the difference between helping your Uncle Jack off a horse and helping your uncle jack off a horse.”

Is everybody clear on that?

Oh, how this made me laugh. And the best part – my Dad sent it to me.

That’s what I have for you today. A joke. And a lesson is grammar.

And these meatballs.

Super simple. Super tasty. Perfect finger food. As Haley would say, “Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.” She gets that from her awesome Kindergarten teacher.

So really I gave you meatballs, a joke, a lesson in grammar, and a saying that will now be used repeatedly around your house. You’ll see.

Slow Cooker Cranberry Chili Mini Meatballs
Makes 70 mini meatballs
Prep time: 30 minutes (*see note below)
Cook time: 8 hours on low

• 2 pounds lean ground beef
• 1 1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs
• 2 eggs
• 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
• 3 tablespoons minced fresh onions
• salt and pepper
• 1/2 cup ketchup
• 2 tablespoons brown sugar
• 1 (16 ounce) can jellied cranberry sauce
• 1 (12 ounce) bottle chili sauce

Combine beef, breadcrumbs, eggs, parsley, onions, and salt & pepper.

In a large bowl; using a tablespoon measure, shape mixture into 1 inch meatballs.

Combine ketchup, brown sugar, cranberry sauce, and chili sauce in a slow cooker (crockpot); gently stir in meatballs.

Cover with lid; cook on low setting 8 hours. Serve with toothpicks, optional.

*Note: this recipe also works with pre-made frozen mini meatballs if you’re short on time (or unmotivated!) Reduce cooking time to 4 hours.

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Candice August 24, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Growing up i was at a wedding where instead of cranberry sauce they used grape jelly. This became a staple in are family from then on and has for ever been dawned sweet n sour meatballs. Just wanted to share. :)


Eliana January 26, 2012 at 8:14 am

Valuable capitalization lesson learned! And love these little meatballs. May have to add them to my super bowl spread.


Stephanie January 18, 2012 at 1:59 pm

This has to be the best post ever, hands down. Commas save lives, too. Case in point: “Let’s eat Grandma!” vs. “Let’s eat, Grandma!”


Amy January 18, 2012 at 2:28 pm

HEE. Good one!


Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out January 17, 2012 at 6:39 pm

I just died laughing a little bit. I almost majored in English in college, so I do try to hang on to decent grammar most of the time…and now I won’t be able to get that joke out of my head. Thank you for that? I think?


Joanne January 17, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Now that is TOTALLY the kind of thing my dad would send me also. We actually send perverse jokes to each other all day long. It’s a good thing he works for an Italian bank and they’re super lax about internet security…otherwise he’d be in BIG trouble.


Julia January 17, 2012 at 11:35 am

Can tomorrow’s grammar lesson be punctuation?
In the last few months I’ve become OBSESSED with my crockpot. Even made some meatballs kinda like this. BUT, I confess, I bought the actual meatball. I hang my head in shame. Ok, not really, BUT, you’ve inspired me to remake it, and make the meatballs, MYSELF!


Becki's Whole Life January 17, 2012 at 10:56 am

That is hilarious! I think one of the girls I work with made similar meatballs at our holiday party and they were really really good! I will have to save this recipe.


pam January 17, 2012 at 10:23 am

I’m trying to decide if I can send that quote to my language arts teacher here at school!


Jenna January 17, 2012 at 7:58 am

Hahaha! Yes. Capitalization is indeed important. I’ll have to remember that great example from your Dad. =) And those meatballs look like exactly the thing I want to encounter at every single party I ever go to.


Sandi January 17, 2012 at 7:45 am

I was just surfing the net, looking for some ideas on foods to bring to a Super Bowl party (even if my beloved Steelers aren’t playing) Guess what I’m going to make!!! Thank you, Amy!!!


Amy January 17, 2012 at 8:10 am

I’ve got more stuff coming for Superbowl, so you’ll have options! But these…these were YUM-O. Definitely include them.


the wicked noodle January 17, 2012 at 7:44 am

bwahahahahaha!!! {laughing hysterically} That’s too funny. I love it!!

AND I love the look of those meatballs. Meatballs in the slow cooker are one of those yummy treats that I always look forward to at party time!


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