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Easy Cranberry Sauce

I was never one to eat the canned, gelatinous cranberry sauce. Thought it was nasty. Still do actually. Especially with all that sugar in it!! So I searched my recipes and came up with a combination of a few. It’s very simple, really. I had bought a few bags of fresh cranberries before Thanksgiving because they were on sale and couldn’t pass up the BOGO special. I have another bag left and I think I’ll make another batch to freeze. 

Last night I made my Thanksgiving Bundles and we had no sauce so I made this recipe. So easy and so tasty! Oh and revisit my  Thanksgiving Bundles post as I updated the photos. 

INGREDIENTS:

1 bag fresh cranberries

1 cup water

1 cup Splenda (or other sucralose sweetener)

1 teaspoon fresh orange zest

1 small apple (any kind) peeled and finely chopped

1 cinnamon stick

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Add the water and Splenda to a medium pot. Bring to a boil.
  2. Add the cranberries and orange zest. Stir and bring to a boil again.
  3. Lower heat to simmer and add the apple and cinnamon stick.
  4. Simmer, covered, for 10-15 minutes stirring occasionally. Remove the cinnamon stick.
  5. I used a potato masher and just broke up some of the cranberries and apple pieces but you don’t have to do this.
  6. Remove from heat and cool. Chill a few hours before using, unless you like it warm!

That’s it! Simple. Just be careful when the cranberries start to pop. The splatter can be hot!

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Slow Cooker Party Meatballs

Who doesn’t like meatballs? Nobody that I know anyway! These party meatballs are one of the easiest recipes for a party! There is no real cooking involved other than turning on the slow cooker and stirring! If you feel the need to make your own little meatballs be my guest but using the frozen pre-made ones is so simple, especially for a party when prep-time is precious. There are only five ingredients so how hard can it be! They are so good and the guests will love them!

INGREDIENTS:

1 oz. brown gravy, dry mix

¼ cup whole berry cranberry sauce

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1 ½ pounds of small frozen meatballs

¼ cup cream (you can leave this out if you like)


DIRECTIONS:

1. In a slow cooker, mix gravy according to package directions. Stir in cranberry sauce and mustard.

2. If using the cream, stir it in now. This adds a nice finish and mellows the flavor.

3. Add frozen meatballs and stir to coat.

4. Cook 3-4 hours on HIGH power or 6-8 hours on LOW.

5. At party time, lift meatballs from gravy and slotted spoon and serve in a dish with toothpicks. OR, for a more casual party, serve meatballs directly from slow cooker. (This is what I usually do as it keeps the meatballs hot.)

6. Eat!

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