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Growing up in the South, there were always some seriously delicious recipes being made for parties; however, the ingredients (now that I am older and more aware of what is in food) were quite questionable! ha! One of those party appetizers was Crockpot Cranberry-Orange Meatballs. Oh-so good but do you know how the lovely southern ladies made it? Frozen Meatballs + Orange Marmalade + Cranberry Jelly + Crockpot = Cranberry-Orange Meatballs. Yep, more or less that’s how it’s made and hey, I gotta hand it to whoever thought of this. It’s freaking brilliant when you are hosting a party! It requires little to no effort and they are always gobbled up as an appetizer.
So, I’ve taken this little old recipe and made it from scratch. A delicious, homemade cranberry-orange sauce (that is super easy to make) + some homemade, simple baked beef meatballs. Make those two things and pop them in a crockpot to keep on warm before your party and you’ve got yourself a super yummy, clean, whole30 compliant Crockpot Cranberry-Orange Meatballs party appetizer. 🙂
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- 2 lbs. ground beef
- 1.5 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup coconut aminos
- 1/2 cup orange juice, no pulp
- 1 teaspoon fish sauce
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 inch fresh ginger, grated
- 12 oz fresh cranberries
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, combine the ground beef, salt, pepper, egg, almond flour. Using your hands, combine the ingredients.
- Form meatballs into 1 1/2 inch rounds, using a 1 1/2 tablespoon scoop of meat.
- Place meatballs on baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
- While the meatballs are baking, make the cranberry sauce.
- In a sauce pan, add the coconut aminos, orange juice, fish sauce, water and fresh ginger. Bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, add the cranberries and return mixture to a boil.. Once boiling, reduce heat to simmer and stir occasionally. Cook until cranberries are fall apart tender and the sauce has reduced and thickened, about 15 minutes.
- Transfer sauce to an immersion blender or blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Place the cooked meatballs on the bottom of a crockpot. Pour the cranberry sauce over and gently toss to coat.
- Keep crockpot on warm or low to serve to your guests.