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This Maple Meatballs Recipe is perfect for busy nights because you cook it in the slow cooker. I love my slow cooker, and any night I know will be busy, I plan to use it. It’s a huge time saver, and I can have dinner ready and waiting when I get home.
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Maple Meatballs Recipe
Another way that this maple meatballs recipe saves time is because it starts with frozen cooked meatballs. Now, if you’re not pressed for time, you can certainly make the meatballs from scratch. But, if it’s one of those days that you need something on the table quickly, starting with frozen meatballs is a fantastic way to save time.
What you’ll need to make this Maple Meatballs Recipe
Slow Cooker – A standard sized slow cooker is perfectly fine. But, I really like the extra large slow cookers because I can make a whole roast chicken or a pork roast in them along with potatoes and carrots.
Slow Cooker Bag – I really hate scrubbing my slow cooker after dinner. Use a slow cooker bag and save time. Just lift the bag out and dispose of it with no scrubbing.
- 3 lbs frozen meatballs
- 1 1/2 cup real maple syrup
- 2 Tablespoons dried chives
- 1 1/2 cup chili sauce
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1/2 tbsp ground mustard
- 1. Pour frozen meatballs into a slow cooker.
- 2. Whisk together maple syrup, chives, chili sauce, soy sauce and ground mustard. Pour mixture over meatballs.
- 3. Cook meatballs on high for 4 1/2 hours or on low for 5 1/2 hours.
I usually serve this over rice because it’s quick and filling that way. If you get a rice cooker, you can have the rice done in just a few minutes. Then, serve this along with a bagged salad and you have a filling, healthy meal that’s on the table fast. If you’re watching your carbs, you can simply serve these on a bed of lettuce with extra vegetables and skip the rice entirely.
I love meatballs but when I’m really busy I rely on the already made kind as a time saver. Meatballs can be great as part of dinner in spaghetti and meatballs or in southwest taco salad or meatball subs or any number of other fantastic dishes. They’re also a great way to add variety when you’re entertaining. If you want these for a party, use a smaller size meatball and add a toothpick for maple cocktail meatballs. I hope you have a chance to try these savory maple meatballs.
Want more meatball recipes? Try my Paleo Meatballs Recipe
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