Slow Cooker Meatballs
I absolutely love using appetizers for a meal. It delights me for a couple of reasons. I collect miniatures and often appetizers remind me of miniature meals. Their mini serving sizes allow you to sample several flavors without having to choose just one.
When people come to my home for a get-together, they know there will be no sit-down dinner, but a wide variety of appetizers used for the meal.
There also won't be a lack of variety. I seldom use a specific theme, so you may find Italian flavors right next to Jamaican ones. That's also another reason I love this recipe. These barbecue meatballs in slow cooker are so easy and no one would ever know how simple it is to make.
I've served this at parties as an appetizer and put a display of toothpicks out to “stab” the meatball and dip. When I serve it at home for a quick dinner, I don't vary the procedure much. I still sit out toothpicks, but keep them in the container and don't create an elaborate display.
To complete the display, I put out small disposable plastic cups to spoon in the dip so each person has their own dipping cup. Paper plates are used for home dinners, but often I bring out the glass dishes for a party.
For the meatballs, you don't need many ingredients. All you need is 3 ingredients. You simply throw the grape jelly and your favorite barbecue sauce in a crock-pot, then add the frozen meatballs (or you can make the meatballs from scratch).
These are yummy and really don't take long to prepare. I made up several batches and freeze them. The cooked meatball lasts longer in the freezer and I then can just re-heat them.