06 March 2012

Cranberry Jalapeno Meatballs

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Cranberry Barbecue Jalapeno Meatballs

A few days ago, I brought these meatballs to a friend's Bridal Shower.  As always, I come up with a fabulous idea, an amazing idea, and then whenever making it for others, it falls short.  But they are still pretty darn good.  I was inspired by some jalapeno poppers with cranberry sauce that we had at Tommyknocker's Brewery.  I tried to put balls of cheese in the middle of these meatballs, hoping the cheese would ooze out when you bite into it.  Instead they oozed out as they baked.  So I had to mix the cheese into the meat, taking out the wow factor.  Oh well.

Back to the shower.  Like all showers, this one was full of excitement, well-wishes and some unexpected twists.  One game we played was the Newlywed Game.  It reminded me of my own bridal shower from last year.   The Newlywed Game involves the bridesmaids emailing the groom and having him answer certain questions.  Then at the shower, the bride has to try and guess what her future husband said.  Well, I asked, and my friend still had the email she sent.  Here are some of my husband's best responses.


Question: Describe your first date.
Gas Monkey's Answer: We went to Olive Garden across the street from Lowes and......it was definitely an interesting date.  Things have changed quite a bit!  I brought up some interesting topics that she didn't agree with my perspective on......I am sure she will be excited to share.

Q:Where was your first kiss?
G.M's A: hmmmmm.....I will say inspiration point....was at least the first should I say it....inspirational kiss..
(Wrong answer, but still a good one)

Jalapeno Meatballs
1. Mix milk, bread crumbs, Worcestershire sauce, salt, onion powder, sage, dried parsley, garlic, milk, cheese, and jalapenos in a bowl.  Don't be a afraid to get your hands dirty!

Q: What is the favorite meal that Merut has made for you?
G.M.'s A:I like the ribs....but I also liked many of the other meals....such as tequila lime chicken and tempura chicken. (Really?!  The tempura chicken?  Ick.)

Q:How old is your oldest pair of underwear?
G.M.'s A: probably about the same as some of Merut's.....10+ years. (I'm sure I have no idea what he is talking about . . . )

Jalapeno Meatballs
2. Roll the mixture into 1 1/2 inch to 2 inch balls, depending on your preference.  Bake at 375 degrees for 30 - 40 minutes, turning every 10 minutes to prevent burning.  (Please note, the recipe below is only 1/4 of the recipe I used here.  I.e., you will not have this many meatballs if you are only using 1 lb of meat unless you make them very, very small.)

Q: When was the last time you dusted under the bed?
G.M.'s A: Who does that?.....umm.......never....I guess.

Q: Are you going to put the seat down after getting married?
G.M.'s A: Ummm....I have been getting better....it is really not a choice as much as it is just the ease of forgetting.
(Sure it is honey, sure it is.  I have failed as a husband trainer.)

Cranberry Barbecue Sauce
3. Make the sauce by combining cranberry sauce and barbecue sauce.  Simmer.

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

G.M.'s A: Anywhere with mountains, nice weather......and far far away from natural disaster areas (not moving to New Orleans anytime soon...)

Q: What animal would you compare Merut to?
G.M.'s A: Not sure about this........I guess I am no fun..... (I think he was over it by this question) 

Oh he knows me so well.  :-)

Cranberry Barbecue Jalapeno Meatballs
4. Dip the cooked meatballs into the sauce and then put in the slow-cooker and serve.  Pour some or all of the remaining sauce over meatballs.

1 lb ground lean turkey
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 Tbsp onion powder
1/4 Tbsp sage
1/4 Tbsp dried parsley
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup skim milk
1/2 cup break crumbs
3 oz shredded pepperjack cheese
1 small jalapeno - seeded and de-veined, minced.  Feel free to add more or less depending on taste and the heat of the jalapenos.

Cranberry Barbecue Sauce (note: this will still be a lot of sauce, but you can save it for something else.  Or double it so you don't have 1/2 a can of cranberry sauce left over.)

1/2 can Cranberry Sauce - Whole Berry
14 oz Barbecue Sauce - Your Favorite Flavor

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  1. Yay for the first blog post of the year :)... finally got the meatball recipe from you :P

  2. Cranberry barbecue sauce sounds seriously yummy! Even if the cheese decided to mix throughout rather than stay in place, I bet the meatballs were still delicious.

  3. Cranberries and jalapenos...sounds like a great combo!

  4. Now that will be great with some spaghetti. You just made my day. I’m going to try this recipe tonight and let you know how it came.

  5. Man that looks good and my mouth is watering right now.

  6. You are making me cry. They look so tasty and hot.

  7. Ah, you're awesome. I just finished reading your 'about' section, and I am pretty sure that you must be one of the coolest chicks in the world (I hope that that's a compliment in America, as it's intended to be one. Don't blame me, I'm Australian). Love this post... the Q&A is a great idea. I wish that I read this before my husband and I got married... I would have done the same!



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