Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Nostalgic Food: Sweet and Sour Meatballs

In the 60s and 70s, it seemed we were a more social group, hosting pot luck dinners, fondue parties, and progressive dinners. One dish I remember really falling for was my sister Patsy's "Sweet and Sour Meatballs." It was really delicious and different than anything I'd had before.

Most people hear this recipe and are surprised at the ingredients, but ask for the recipe anyway. And this recipe could not be simpler – it uses only three ingredients, and is made in a slow cooker (also popular in the 70s--or a large stock pot on the stove--heat set to low). It basically takes care of itself. All you have to do is accept compliments. It has a popular retro flavor since it comes from the era of easy-serving food and happy gatherings.

This is a terrific recipe for the upcoming holiday season, either to have at home or to take to a party. No accompaniment is needed – just a serving spoon and cocktail picks. Enjoy!

  • 1 lb. 93% lean ground beef or ground turkey breast, formed in to 1” meatballs (no other ingredients needed)
  • 1 one-lb. jar of grape jelly
  • 1 jar of cocktail sauce

In slow cooker on high setting, melt grape jelly and stir in cocktail sauce.
When hot, add meatballs to sauce mixture and turn heat to low. Stir gently to cover the meatballs in the sauce. Cover and let cook all day long. Stir now and then.

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