Slow Cooker Cranberry Citrus Meatballs

Slow Cooker Cranberry Citrus Meatballs

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These meatballs are the perfect party food. Throw them in the slow cooker and they’re ready when you are. Make-ahead tips: Make the meatballs and brown them ahead of time. Refrigerate or freeze until ready to use. Mix up the sauce ahead as well and store in refrigerator. A few hours before your shower or party, put the meatballs and sauce in the Crock-Pot.

— Shelby Kinnaird 
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24
Servings
186
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup egg substitute
  • 2 Pounds ground pork
  • 1 Cup cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 Cup dried cranberries, minced
  • 1 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 can whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1/3 Cup ketchup
  • 1/4 Cup orange juice
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice

Directions

In a large bowl, combine egg substitute, pork, rice, dried cranberries, salt and pepper. Shape into meatballs about 1-1/2 inches in diameter (you should end up with about 48).

In a large skillet, heat half of the olive oil over medium heat. Brown as many meatballs as will comfortably fit in your pan. You don’t need to cook them through, just brown on all sides. It should take about 5 minutes. Drain meatballs on paper towels. Continue until all meatballs have been browned, adding olive oil as necessary.

Transfer meatballs to a slow cooker. In a medium bowl, whisk together cranberry sauce, ketchup, orange juice and lime juice until combined. Pour mixture over meatballs in slow cooker (don’t stir). Cover and cook on low for 3 to 4 hours or on high for 1-1/2 to 2 hours.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
9g
13%
Sugar
5g
6%
Saturated Fat
4g
17%
Cholesterol
59mg
20%
Carbohydrate, by difference
12g
9%
Protein
13g
28%
Vitamin A, RAE
17µg
2%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
2mg
3%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
24mg
2%
Choline, total
41mg
10%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
10µg
3%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
23mg
7%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
137mg
20%
Selenium, Se
21µg
38%
Sodium, Na
116mg
8%
Water
24g
1%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

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Try to create a balanced meal when shopping: look for a starch, a protein, and some greens.

Slow Cooker Cooking Tip

When preparing meals try to avoid repetition of similar foods and flavors - aim for variety in textures, colors, and cooking methods.