Cranberry Meatball Skewers

Up the ante on the appetizer course by serving these slow-cooked cranberry sauce meatballs on cocktail picks along with nutty Parmesan and fragrant fresh basil. Skip the canned cranberry sauce and make your own by simmering sugar, water and cranberries. Add a small amount of hoisin sauce, and voilà – deliciousness!

Serves: 10Cook: 2 hoursTotal: 2 hoursDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 10

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Kroger® Ground Beef
  • 12 saltine crackers, finely crushed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon onion, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 22 thin slices Parmesan cheese
  • 22 fresh basil leaves

Directions

  • Spray a 4-6 quart slow cooker insert with cooking spray.
  • In a bowl, combine beef, crackers, egg, onion, salt and pepper; mix gently to combine. Roll into 1½” balls. Transfer to prepared slow cooker.
  • In a small saucepan, combine cranberries, sugar and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 15 minutes or until cranberries start to soften and break down. Stir in hoisin sauce. Pour over meatballs in slow cooker; cover. Cook 2 hours on HIGH or 4 hours on LOW until meatballs are cooked through.
  • Transfer meatballs to serving platter. Top each with 1 slice cheese and 1 basil leaf. Insert a cocktail pick in each.
  • Refrigerate leftovers.

Recipe Information

Serves: 10

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Kroger® Ground Beef
  • 12 saltine crackers, finely crushed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon onion, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 22 thin slices Parmesan cheese
  • 22 fresh basil leaves

Directions

  • Spray a 4-6 quart slow cooker insert with cooking spray.
  • In a bowl, combine beef, crackers, egg, onion, salt and pepper; mix gently to combine. Roll into 1½” balls. Transfer to prepared slow cooker.
  • In a small saucepan, combine cranberries, sugar and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 15 minutes or until cranberries start to soften and break down. Stir in hoisin sauce. Pour over meatballs in slow cooker; cover. Cook 2 hours on HIGH or 4 hours on LOW until meatballs are cooked through.
  • Transfer meatballs to serving platter. Top each with 1 slice cheese and 1 basil leaf. Insert a cocktail pick in each.
  • Refrigerate leftovers.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories210
Total Fat12g
Saturated Fat5g
Cholesterol55mg
Sodium400mg
Total Carbohydrate14g
Dietary Fiber0.5g
Sugars7g
Protein12g