There are so many variations of meatballs to choose from. But making them in the slow cooker makes them super easy, especially with the shortcuts suggested here. Most people think of meatballs in a tomato sauce to serve over spaghetti. But there are so many more options. There are Swedish meatballs, cocktail meatballs, barbecued meatballs, Mexican meatballs, turkey meatballs, meatball soup, sweet and sour meatballs, meatball stew and many more. This recipe is for just the basic meatball in a tomato sauce. These meatballs can be served in a bowl, over pasta, or in a sandwich. This is a delicious recipe that is fast and easy to prepare.
Slow Cooker Meatballs
Mix together the following ingredients and form into meatballs:
- 2 lbs. ground meat
- 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
- I egg
- I sweet onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
- Parsley, oregano, and basil
- Salt and pepper to taste
There are a couple of options to consider here. Most people think that ground chuck is more flavorful. Some people like to add a little ground pork into the meat mixture. If you want to add a little pork, just remember that the results can be greasy. These can be made the night before and kept in the refrigerator until the next morning. You can precook the meatballs in the oven for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees and then drain off the grease before putting them in the slow cooker. Or you can just skim the grease off of the top of the slow cooker. This can also be done the night before.
To make the sauce mix together the following ingredients in the slow cooker:
- A jar of spaghetti sauce
- A large can of crushed tomatoes
- A small can of tomato sauce
- Optional: 4 oz. red wine or apple juice
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
Cook on low for 8 hours. 1 hour before eating add any of your favorite Italian herbs—parsley, oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme or garlic powder.
Other additions and options:
If you are worried that it is going to be too greasy and you don’t want to prebake. Try using ground round.
Add chopped onion to the sauce. You can add it without sautéing it first and they will be thoroughly cooked. If you like the added flavor of sautéing in butter, just add that to the sauce.
You could add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the sauce.
You could also add 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese to the sauce. It adds flavor and helps to thicken the sauce.
Quick Barbecued Meatballs
Make the basic meatball recipe above, but instead of putting the meatballs into the spaghetti sauce put them in the following sauce:
- 1 jar of your favorite barbecue sauce
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
Serve these on a good roll and delight everyone!
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