Slow Cooker Meatballs

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Almost every country has some type of meatball.  In Romania we call them “chiftele or piftele” depending which part of the country you’re from.  We fry them and sometimes make a tomato sauce in which they are left to marinate “chiftele marinate.”

This here is a simple, no frying pan needed meatball recipe.  They are cooked in the crock pot for about 5 hours.  Boil some pasta and serve them over, turn them into meatball subs, or just eat them as they are, my personal choice.

Slow Cooker Meatballs (makes about 40, 1 inch meatballs)

  • 1 lb ground beef or turkey
  • 1 lb italian sausage mix, your choice of sweet,mild or hot
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup freshly chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup cold milk
  • 1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce

Place ground meat in large bowl, followed by the rest of the ingredients, with the exception of the spaghetti sauce.  Mix thoroughly with your hands until mixture is homogenous. Pour half jar of the spaghetti sauce in the bottom of your crock pot. Lightly wet your hands and pinch a small amount of meat from the bowl.  Roll it between your palms to form a ball, continue with the rest of the meat, placing meatballs in the crock pot as you go.  Pour the rest of the sauce over the meatballs.  Cover and cook on high for 5 hours.  When it’s time to serve, gently separate the meatballs from each other with a spoon as they stick together during cooking. Enjoy!



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Alex Olander
October 21, 2017 5:36 am

Looks nice and delicious! Pro chef, thanks for your recipe 🙂

September 9, 2017 12:37 pm

Yummy, this is just the idea for a weekend dinner, thanks so much for sharing and inspiring!
September 8, 2017 1:32 pm

I love meatballs as they are great for meals and as appetizers. I just made another recipe (like I don’t have enough and now yours) using veal and pork and no beef. I like your addition of Italian sausage and I would go with the “hot”.

Vero and Canito in the kitchen
September 8, 2017 7:55 am

I have not tried meat balls in slow cooker, but now I want to give it a go! 😉 Looks amazing!

September 8, 2017 2:13 am

Nothing better than a meat ball! As our hurricane is looming, I may make up a batch. Even cold they are good!

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