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Alright,  I want a show of hands-how many of you made the meatballs and used them with some kind of pasta and red sauce already?

Of course that’s the traditional and a household favorite, but there are so many other dishes you can use these tasty bits of protein for!  Here are some of my family’s most requested:

Meatball sandwiches-yes, you can do the red sauce thing again and top with some cheese and bake OR you can grab a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce and pull out a bag of frozen meatballs and warm them up together.  Meatballs will be thawed and hot by the time the sauce is heated through.  Serve with a green salad or cole slaw.

You can also use the above without the rolls as appetizers.  Just put toothpicks into each meatball and serve on a platter.  You can also use that very, very retro recipe of combining a jar of cocktail sauce and grape jelly and warming the meatballs in that-but me, the thought of all that jelly makes me cringe.

Sweet and Sour meatballs!

1 20oz can of pineapple in its juice
1/3 C water
3 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp tamari (or regular soy sauce)
1/2 C brown sugar
3 tbsp corn starch
1 batch of meatballs
1 lg bell pepper cut into 1” pieces
1 C sliced mushrooms
1 C thinly sliced carrots
1-2 C bean sprouts

Hot cooked rice-you choose, brown or white!

Drain the pineapple, save the juice.  Set the pineapple aside.  Add just enough water to make it 1 C of liquid. Pour into a large skillet  Add the 1/3 C water, vinegar, soy, sugar and corn starch. stir until smooth.  Cook over med. heat until thick and stir it constantly!  Add the pineapple, meatballs and veggies.  Simmer uncovered for about 20 minutes or until heated through.  serve over rice!

And last-Hobo Stew

This one’s good for the crockpot or over the stove.  I call it hobo because it uses all the leftover veggies or a bag of frozen stew veggies.  Simply use a batch of meatballs, either 4 C of fresh veggies or a bag of frozen, 4 C of stock (again your choice!) and any additions your family likes.  Heat through and serve with some fresh muffins or really good bread!

I’ve used other recipes-but these are the most requested in my home.  Give them a try!

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