Thursday, June 3, 2010

A revisit to Delmy's meatballs!

Have to say that Trader Joe's Whole Wheat Organic Pasta is very polite. It says please do not overcook! I've never seen this before. Do they know that I have that tendency? How did they know that? My kids have friends that aren't as polite as this pasta is. So I was careful, I did not overcook. My family thanked me! They are polite, too. and no one here likes mushy pasta!

We had Delmy's meatballs with the pasta. Delmy is my son's friend's housekeeper and she makes the best meatballs. Everyone loves them, even Miss Picky. Who, by the way, had a second helping of meatballs. Very teeny, tiny meatballs. Those she likes, not so picky when it comes to meatballs. I've posted about them before. They freeze well and every once in a while it's nice to be able to just defrost something and have dinner on the table in minutes with no fuss and no mess. Unless Grandma drops one on the floor. The dogs like sitting near Grandma.

It might sound as if it would be a sickeningly sweet recipe, it really isn't. It actually sounds like kind of gross combination, but it really does work well together. I tasted it first without knowing the recipe and liked it, the kids raved so the big kid went and asked Delmy for the recipe. It was a big surprise to find that can of cranberry sauce, not to mention the Prego. I assume fine with any jarred sauce, just like it was good with the grape jelly mistake the first time I made them, but better with the cranberry sauce, kids said! So now I stick to the recipe as written. Go figure, normally I deviate, but now I'm afraid to deviate from a can of sauce and a jar of Prego? Miss Picky might go hungry otherwise.

The original post about Delmy's meatballs is here!

Delmy's Meatballs
Printable Recipe

1 can jellied cranberry sauce (or a jar of Grape Jelly!)
1 bottle Heinz chili sauce
1 Vidalia onion
2-3 cloves garlic, minced, chopped, whatever
1/2 jar Prego Spaghetti sauce
4 carrots, sliced into coins
big handful of dried plain breadcrumbs
large package of chopped meat (2 lbs)
2 eggs
1/4 cup water
salt and pepper
couple tablespoons of ketchup
2-3 splashes Worcestershire sauce
4 carrots, washed and peeled and sliced into coins

Mix the eggs, salt and pepper, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, water, breadcrumbs and chopped meat all together. Make very tiny little meatballs and brown them in a skillet.

Meanwhile, in a pot, heat the garlic and the onions, until the onions start to soften and turn golden. Add the cranberry sauce and mix it up until it melts, then pour in the bottle of Heinz Chili sauce and the half jar of Prego sauce. Add the sliced carrots. Stir everything together and bring to a boil, then lower heat to simmer. Add the browned meatballs and stir. Simmer for at least an hour, stir occasionally. I did two hours.





  1. I was wondering if you used ground turkey in the meatballs or beef?

  2. So is this kinda like sweet and sour meatballs meets spaghetti sauce meatballs? It sounds interesting. I just made sweet and sour meatballs with grape jelly and I think I used the wrong kind of chili sauce. I'll try this, it sounds interesting, I just printed it up, thanks!

  3. Barbara, I used beef, but I bet turkey would be great!

    Debbi, you got it sweet and sour meets spaghetti sauce, LOL! :)

  4. Looks really great! I like to use a mix of beef and pork to make something similar...

  5. We're getting a Trader Joe's later this year. I can't wait!!

    I have a good friend who makes the best meatballs. He puts grape jelly in his. I think that's the secret.

  6. Carol, I recall your post about Delmy's meatballs. It must be good if Miss Picky likes it. I, too, prefer small meatballs; I like Costco's frozen bag ones. They're the correct size for me and no work; I'm sure they're not as good as "good" homemade ones, but they're better than mine.

    Have nice of TJ's to include please in their directions. I wonder if they do that on others of their products.

  7. Delmy's meatballs are very similar to the meatballs they use in catering. They are delicious and no one is ever disappointed. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I remember making a similar version of these meatballs for an appetizer party. They had grape jelly in them also and were surprisingly delicious.

    I'm so glad you followed those polite instructions. LOL on Grandma dropping the meatball!

  9. This really sounds good and by the looks of it the meatballs are about the size of the carrot slice so teeny tiny is good. I need to try this one sometime!


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