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meatballs or smokies in jelly and chili sauce-grape jelly?

toncasmo Jan 25, 2010 04:06 PM

i've been asked to make these and does it have to be grape? could you use a berry jelly? not strawberry but...

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    Val Jan 25, 2010 04:08 PM

    I've used canned cranberry sauce, not grape jelly...if you need exact recipe, let me know but I know it's out there on the 'net.

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      christy1122 Jan 25, 2010 04:31 PM

      I am making these for Super Bowl....Little Smokies in a sauce of Cranberry Jelly (in a Can) and Chili Sauce (in a bottle). Make them in a crock pot and everybody loves them!!!

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        Val Jan 25, 2010 04:50 PM

        Yes, mine uses the cranberry sauce, chili sauce, brown sugar and lemon juice...makes for a very tasty pot of meatballs!

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          valerie Jan 26, 2010 03:54 AM

          These are the ones that I make too. I've always wondered about the ones with grape jelly, but I have never made or tasted them.


        2. re: christy1122
          Sharuf Jan 26, 2010 02:33 AM

          Chili sauce - is that the ketchup-y kind? There's all kinds of stuff out there called "chili sauce".

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            Val Jan 26, 2010 02:43 AM

            Sharuf, yes, just the regular old Heinz brand...you could certainly jazz it up with another spicier brand!

        3. greygarious Jan 25, 2010 04:40 PM

          The first version of this I encountered was equal volumes of cranberry sauce and ketchup. Although I have a sweet tooth, I find that too sweet so I use equal volumes cranberry sauce, ketchup, and plain canned tomato sauce. I make meatballs from scratch and put them into the sauce to simmer, turning carefully when the bottom halves are firm. I do not cook them first.

          1. chef chicklet Jan 25, 2010 05:43 PM

            I've never heard of these and had them this past year during the holidays at a party I attended. I'm not knocking anyone that likes these, but I thought they were so weird tasting. For me its the grape jelly that has its own distinquishing taste, it was the most over powering component, cloying.

            Why not make a sweet and sour meatballs. There are a ton of easy recipes that if use a little brown sugar, pineapple, and a few other ingredients would be so much better.

            Someone suggested cranberry sauce, that would be a great flavor, the tartness would help with the sweetness.

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              cackalackie Jan 25, 2010 05:51 PM

              First time I had these, they were made with red currant jelly.

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                onrushpam Jan 25, 2010 05:56 PM

                The only version of these I've ever really liked is:
                1 pack Lil Smokies
                1 small jar mustard (I like Zatarains Creole, but even regular French's will work)
                1 jar red currant jelly

                This isn't nearly as sweet as the grape jelly version. I think mustard and cranberry sauce would also be good!

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