• •••for the sauce:
  • 1 onion minced, save 1 tbl for meatballs
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 28oz can of crushed tomatoes, puree or tomato sauce
  • 2 14oz can of cranberry sauce or leftover homemade sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • •••for the meatballs:
  • 1 pound of ground meat, you can use turkey
  • about 1 tbl minced onion
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 egg
  • about a 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tbl fresh chopped parsley

my mom has handed down a ton of recipes my way. i make a couple now and then, one is what i call her “rice a roni” (my brothers all time fav), and then of course her sweet and sour meatballs. both dishes remind me of family dinners she made almost every weekend when we were kids…comfort food, that’s what they are, and what better way to feel comforted then to make your mom’s recipes.

my poor little man is sick again, going on 3 weeks of sick kids here. double ear infection. i asked him what he wanted for dinner tonight while we were waiting for his prescription and he said “mommy, can you make meafballs” (he actually said meafballs, it was pretty cute), and so being the sucker i am for a kid who says meafballs, guess what i’m making for my little sick man, meatballs.

i was reminded of this recipe this morning by surfing fb. suzie the foodie had posted that she had all this leftover cranberry sauce and didn’t know what to do with it.  so when j said “meafballs”, my moms recipe popped into my head.

this is a recipe that sits all day. great for a crock pot, great for a starter…there good for any meal, serve with egg noodles, rice, or even orzo.

sweet and sour meatballs

for the sauce:

  1. saute onion and garlic till they are just translucent, they basically melt in the sauce by they time it is all cooked. add can of tomatoes, cranberry sauce, brown sugar and let it cook for about 10 minutes, bring to a slow boil.
  2. in the meantime prepare the meatballs. in a bowl, add ground meat, onion, garlic, parsley, egg and bread crumbs. mix and form into tiny balls.
  3. when sauce comes up to a slow boil, add the meatballs. turn your stove down to a simmer and take a step back.  don’t touch it for at least an hour, they will fall apart. walk slowly away, go…walk
  4. in an hour or so, go to your pot and gently mix the sauce. by this time your meatballs with be hard and easy to mix around. let it cook for another couple hours, at least 4, if you making in a crock pot, let it go all day long. this is a dish i keep on my stove top all day.  they only thing that can happen is that your sauce will be so yummy and your meatballs soft and delicious!
  5. serve up with some rice or egg noodles. hope everyone by you is feeling good, stay warm and healthy!

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