Sweet and Sassy Meatballs in the Slow Cooker

Today I am taking a break from my recent slew of chicken recipes (we all need a little variety!) and sharing a ground beef recipe that went over well in our house. We still have some ground beef in the freezer, left over from a steer from the family farm, and it is a great way to break the chicken-y monotony. I also feel very good eating it and feeding it to my child, since I know that it is free of hormones and antibiotics.

This recipe was quite the indulgence for a dinner. I usually do not use any sorts of jams, jellies, or preserves – even the whole fruit kind – simply because they are so very high in sugar, but today I happened to have some real black raspberry preserves (nothing but berries, berry juice, and fruit pectin) sitting in the kitchen, and I needed to come up with a creative way to make use of them. And thus I conceived these meatballs, a deliciously balanced blend of jalapeno sass and berry sweet.

For the meatballs:
2lbs ground beef
2 eggs
1 onion, finely diced
2 jalapenos, finely diced
4 cloves garlic
¼ cup almond flour
Salt and pepper to taste

For the sauce:
2 1/2 cups tomato puree
3/4 cup real fruit preserves
2 tsp garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients for your meatballs, mixing until well combined (hands are the most effective utensil). Then form into meatballs and place in the bottom of your slow cooker. Mix together all of the sauce ingredients (here a whisk is more effective) and pour evenly over the meatballs. Cook on low all day – mine were in the crock pot for about seven hours – and then enjoy. I served my meatballs over a cauliflower mash that was great for soaking up all of the tasty sauce.

I am sharing this recipe at Totally Tasty Tuesday, Tuesday Night Supper Club, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Tuesdays at the Table, Tuesday’s Tasty Tidbits, Tasty Tuesday, Made From Scratch Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday Party, Delicious Dishes, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, What’s On The Menu Wednesday, Foodie Wednesday, What’s On Your Plate Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Works for Me Wednesday, Savory Sunday, and the Hearth and Soul Blog Hop.

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8 Responses to Sweet and Sassy Meatballs in the Slow Cooker

  1. shopannies says:

    thanks for sharing this recipe slow cooker is very important here in our house in the summer time come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com and see what we shared

  2. kankana says:

    meatballs are always so tasty and slow cooking will make it moist and nicely cooked.. Thanks for sharing it with hearth and soup hop

  3. Jen says:

    those sound delicious…and a great way to use some of our excess jalapenos we have growing right now! Thanks for linking up with Made From Scratch Tuesday!

  4. Bibi says:

    Meatballs with Jalapenos….great idea and I love slow cooker recipes for summer. This one looks like a winner to me.

    Hope you can come by Foodie Wednesday again and share this great recipe.
    http://www.dailyorganizedchaos.com/spaghetti-with-faux-meat-sauce/

  5. Kathryn says:

    This would be perfect to cook on Sunday while I’m at church and have it ready when I get home!

  6. What a great recipe, open to using what you have on hand. Thanks for linking up with the Hearth n Soul hop.

  7. i love sweet and savory bundled together…i bet it is amazing in this dish. extra bonus that it can all be made in the slow cooker! i’m thinking that tiny meatball in the same sauce would be a great appetizer for a big crowd..what do you think? thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club.

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