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Raise your hand if you break from tradition for Christmas dinner? My family does. We forgo the turkey and the ham, and in place of it, we do a pitch-in appetizer dinner. It. Is. Awesome.
We’ve been doing this for as long as I can remember, and as the years have gone by, some dishes have become tradition to have in our spread. My parents always make stuffed mushrooms and peel-and-eat shrimp. I always make my mini Christmas quiche (they’re vegetarian, which my veggie brother and sister-in-law appreciate). And in the past few years, I’ve also been making meaaattttballlllllsssss (which my veggie brother and sister-in-law, obviously, don’t appreciate as much). Cocktail meatballs feel like an appetizer from another era, but I’m officially calling it—meatballs are totally hip again. So tasty! So easy! So crowd-pleasing!
A few weeks back, my friends at Crock-Pot® brand sent me their latest creation—their Swing and Serve Slow Cooker—and the second I saw this sucker, I knew it was time to expand my meatball repertoire.
This bad mammajamma has THREE crocks that you can control separately, all contained in the same amount of counter space as a regular slow cooker. If this baby doesn’t scream “HOLIDAY PARTY!,” I don’t know what does!
I love using a slow cooker for holiday cooking. The holidays are stressful enough, so using a slow cooker to help you out is a no-brainer. I always put my Christmas meatballs into my slow cooker to keep them warm and delicious while we celebrate, and now that I have three separate crocks, I have space for three different flavors.
You can make all three of these if you really want to knock the socks off your holiday guests, or you can just make one flavor! These meatball recipes aren’t just for cocktail parties either. The Mozzarella-Stuffed Italian Meatballs are perfecto on top of spaghetti. The Sticky Thai Meatballs are wonderful served on a big pile of fluffy rice. And we eat the Sweet and Sour Meatballs as a main dinner dish sometimes. Yum! Let’s dig into each one.
These meatballs are packed with Italian flavor and stuffed with ooey, gooey mozzarella cheese. Serve them with your favorite marinara sauce.
It doesn’t get much more classic than these cocktail meatballs. The sauce is a little odd (grape jam, what?), but trust me, the end result is tangy, sweet, and super addictive.
If you’re looking for an appetizer with a bit of a kick, these are for you! I recommend starting off with 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, but if you really like to bring the heat, add some more.
Pick just one flavor to serve this holiday season, or go all out and make all three using your Crock-Pot® Swing and Serve slow cooker. Wholefully readers get an extra 25% off of select Crock-Pot® slow cookers through this link! That’s such a great holiday steal!
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These look delicious. I could never give up Christmas dinner (Canadian so or Thanksgiving is not as close to xmas as it is for you) but we totally do this type of food for New Years. My husband admittedly loves meatballs with just Diana Sauce poured over them and while simple and tasty, these are next level and I will be testing them on NYE for sure!
Rockin’ video! I vaguely remember that making more videos was a goal for 2016? Maybe? Well, you’ve gotten so good at it!
I love all these ideas! They sound so delicious!
I neeeed that Crock Pot! It’s amazing and those meatballs look perfect! I got the stuff to make the Thai one tonight and I’m going to serve them with rice and roasted veggies!
Oh my goodness! What a gorgeous slew of meatballs. We don’t celebrate Christmas, but I have plenty of times when appetizers are welcome at my holiday table. My hubby is a huge fan of meatball sandwiches, so I have a few other ideas for how to use these meatballs too :)
because our family is so large, we do a potluck for dinner. meatballs are always present, and these look simply perfect
These look amazing! I think the Thai ones are going to need to be made in my house in the next week or so!
That crockpot is amazing! Those seasonings sound good!
I made the sweet and sour meatballs this week for dinner. They turned out great – you’re totally right about the grape jelly – and keeping them warm in the slow cooker worked perfectly as I waited for my husband to get home later than planned. We served them over egg noodles with broccoli on the side to make the meal more complete.
In the sweet and sour one you forgot the egg I thr written recipe. I thought it was odd. The video shows an egg :)
Thank you! We’ll get it fixed. :)
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