Aunt Peg's Wicked Good Cocktail Meatballs

Bowl of cocktail meatballs

These cocktail meatballs are like New England girls, they fit in at any type of gathering and they'll definitely impress your mom. So whether it's game day served in a crockpot or a more formal affair served on a toothpick, make a batch of these for a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

Bag of Ikea meatballs


Got IKEA? Over the holidays I was pressed for time when I volunteered to cook breakfast and lunch for a Teacher Appreciation pot-luck at Morgan's school (it's his last year there so I went a little overboard) and also needed to bring an appetizer to a UMD holiday party later that night. Luckily we have an IKEA right down the street so I beelined it towards the marketplace section and grabbed a couple of bags of their famous meatballs. Genius! Using IKEA's pre-cooked meatballs tremendously cut down on my production time and cost. Not gonna lie, I was definitely nervous about using pre-made meatballs but they were a HUGE hit!

Meatballs covered in cocktail sauce in crockpot

This recipe is so easy it doesn't even need a GNG recipe card!

1. Mix together a bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce (I use Sweet Baby Rays Original) and one can of Ocean Spray's Whole Cranberry Sauce.

2. Place pre-cooked meatballs in crockpot.

3. Pour barbecue cranberry sauce over meatballs and give them a gentle stir.

4. If using frozen, pre-cooked meatballs, cook on high for at-least three hours and then turn to warm setting until ready to serve. If using freshly cooked meatballs simply turn crockpot on warm setting until heated through and ready to serve.

GNG Tip: Wanna add a little spice? Finely chop a Goya chipotle pepper with a smidge of its Adobo sauce and add it to the mix.


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