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!
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)
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.