These mini party appetizers are cooked in the slow cooker, freeing up the host for other projects. Cranberry sauce adds a touch of sweetness to these treats.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly coat a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.

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  • For meatballs, in a large bowl, use a fork to beat egg. Stir in graham cracker crumbs, onion, dried cranberries, milk, and cloves. Add ham and pork; mix well. Shape the mixture into 50 meatballs. Arrange in the prepared pan.

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  • Bake for 15 minutes or until done (160F). checking with an instant-read thermometer*.

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  • Meanwhile, for sauce, in a medium saucepan stir together cranberry sauce, chili sauce, vinegar, and dry mustard. Cook over medium heat until cranberry sauce is melted, stirring occasionally.

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  • In a 3-1/2- to 5-quart slow cooker, combine meatballs and sausage. Pour sauce over mixture in cooker. Cover and cook on high-heat setting for 2 to 3 hours. Serve immediately or keep warm on low-heat setting for up to 2 hours. Serve meatballs and sausage with cocktail picks. Makes 25 servings.

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Prepare as directed through Step 3. Place baked meatballs on a tray; cover and freeze for 30 minutes. Transfer meatballs to a freezer bag. Seal, label, and freeze for up to 3 months. To use, transfer frozen meatballs to a 3-1/2-, 4-, or 5-quart slow cooker. Continue as directed in Steps 4 and 5, except cook for 3 hours on the high-heat setting.

Test Kitchen Tip:

Looking at the internal color of a meatball is not the best way to know if it's thoroughly cooked. A beef or pork meatball cooked to 160F or a poultry meatball cooked to 165F is safe, regardless of color. To check the temperature, insert an instant-read thermometer into the center of a meatball.

Nutrition Facts

138 calories; 7 g total fat; 2 g saturated fat; 1 g polyunsaturated fat; 3 g monounsaturated fat; 29 mg cholesterol; 524 mg sodium. 151 mg potassium; 13 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 9 g sugar; 6 g protein; 0 RE vitamin a; 97 IU vitamin a; 2 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 1 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 8 mcg folate; 0 mcg vitamin b12; 10 mg calcium; 1 mg iron;

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