SLOW COOKER MEATBALLS
(makes 36 meatballs)
*1 pound ground beef (I use ground chuck or sirloin)
*1/4 pound ground pork
*1 egg, slightly beaten
*1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
*1 tablespoon minced garlic
*1/3 cup italian bread crumbs
*1/2 teaspoon italian seasoning
*1 tablespoon dried parsley
*1/2 teaspoon salt
*1/4 teaspoon black pepper
*1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce (I make my own)
~In a large bowl, gently but throughly mix beef, pork, egg, parmesan cheese, garlic, bread crumbs, italian seasoning, & parsley.
~Shape into small meatballs. I use a cookie scoop to measure out my meatballs.
~Place meatballs into slow cooker.
~Pour spaghetti sauce over meatballs.
~Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours, or low for 6-7 hours.
~Serve as an appetizer, or over rice or spaghetti noodles.
-add 1/4 cup onions, chopped fine
-add 1/4 cup green bell peppers, chopped fine
-add hot sauce to make it spicy
-substitute spaghetti sauce for 1 can cream of mushroom soup and 1/2 cup milk mixed and poured over meatballs (swedish meatballs)
-substitute spaghetti sauce for barbecue sauce
-substitute spaghetti sauce for 12 ounce chili sauce & 1 1/2 cups grape jelly mixed and poured over meatballs.
-substitute the spaghetti sauce for a sweet & sour sauce: In a medium saucepan mix, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 3 tablespoon flour, 1 1/4 cups water, 1/4 cup pineapple juice, 3 tablespoons ketchup, 1/4 cup white vinegar, & 3 tablespoons soy sauce. Heat until sauce it hot and mixed well. Pour over meatballs in slow cooker.
-avoid stirring meatballs for at least one hour or meatballs may break apart.