A strange concoction that worked!

@gantwick (849)
United States
December 30, 2008 3:04pm CST
I was walking through the grocery store a few weeks ago, when I smelled a rather delightful aroma - kinda sweet, but kinda chili-like. I turned a corner and found a store employee sitting at a table with an electric skillet and some delicious looking - and smelling - meatballs. She said they were meatballs in cranberry chili sauce. I tried one, and they were delicious! I asked how hard they were to make, and she said all they needed were meatballs (conveniently, she sat across from the frozen food section where pre-cooked Italian meatball happened to be), cranberry jelly (the canned stuff without the berries), and chili starter (she recommended Tabasco chili starter because that's what the store carries and she was getting paid to do this). I'm usually not an impulse shopper, but this was too easy and I was already going to be getting supper started late. I bought the ingredients and when I got home, heated up the meatballs in the microwave, added cranberry jelly and chili starter in equal proportions, and heated the whole thing up until the jelly had melted (making the sauce) and mixed with the chili started and we had a really quick and delicious supper in about 15 minutes. Have you ever combined things that seemed odd to come up with something wonderful?
4 responses
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
30 Dec 08
I have never had them with cranberry sauce, but my mom used to make them with the chili sauce and grape jelly. Those are really good. I have made them a few times too, but I never used the premade meatballs.
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@gantwick (849)
• United States
30 Dec 08
Being lazy, I went with the pre-made meatballs, lol! My recipe was a hit at our office Holiday Party, and I used a disposable (Gladware? Ziplock? One of the two) container for cooking, so cleanup was a breeze. Grape jelly sounds tasty, too.
@Aingealicia (1906)
• United States
22 Jan 09
Oh yes, will be putting it up today...Look for saucy franks. If you liked the meatballs you will like this one too. Ainge
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
30 Dec 08
I have made them with grape jelly and bbq sauce and they are yummy too...they used to always be a hit at parties when I had them....these sound delicious too!
@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
30 Dec 08
That recipe sounds delicious. I might get the ingredients and cook it for New Year's Eve. I had never heard of cooking them in cranberry juice and chili starter.