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Spicy Grape Jelly Meatballs… Veganized!

Spicy-Grape Jelly Meatballs #vegan

Vegan Spicy Grape Jelly Meatballs

Football season is over, as are all the awards shows. The remaining sports (basketball, baseball and hockey – which is apparently played year-round now) are all great but they don’t really scream finger-food to me. They don’t feel like a valid excuse to spend an afternoon on the couch devouring pickle wrap dip or loaded baked potato dip. Yet here I am, still craving appetizers. What to do, what to do?

Just make them anyway, you say? Ok! And honestly, you have a good point. Appetizers are a great addition to any sunny spring or summer evening while you’re relaxing on the patio with a drink and a book.  Who needs sports on the TV when you’ve got a good book on your lap?

Right now I’m reading Whitey: The Life of America’s Most Notorious Mob Boss, Foreign Faction – Who Really Kidnapped JonBenet? and listening to When the Killing’s Done on CD while I commute. I’m a bit schizo in my reading habits, I like to have at least 2 or 3 going at once so I can bounce back and forth depending on my mood.

So, back to the meatballs…

Spicy-Grape Jelly Meatballs #vegan

I used Nate’s classic flavor, which are the same as the TJ brand if you happen to live near one of those wonderful stores. A little spicy and a little sweet, these make the perfect party appetizer or cocktail hour snack at home.

You guys do have cocktail hour at home, every night, right? It’s not just me?

Make me feel better. Tell me what you’re drinking or at least what you’re reading ;)


Spicy Grape Jelly Meatballs (makes 21 meatballs)

This will give you extra sauce for dipping, and it’s great on crusty bread, Ritz crackers, your finger…  ALSO, this is the quick-cooking method, but you can also do them in a slow cooker.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag Nate’s classic flavor meatballs (or vegan meatball of your choice)
  • 1 10 oz jar of grape jelly
  • 5-6 oz Chili sauce (I used Thai Kitchen sweet red chili sauce),
  • 2+ teaspoons Sriracha sauce (to taste)

Directions:

  1. Set your meatballs out to defrost. Mix together the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Add the meatballs to a large pot, and stir in the sauce. Heat over medium stirring occasionally until the meatballs are heated through.

Enjoy!

Spicy-Grape Jelly Meatballs #vegan

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  • Terri March 20, 2013, 11:33 am

    How much chili sauce please?

    • Barb March 20, 2013, 1:39 pm

      It’s updated now, sorry about that!

  • Annie March 20, 2013, 3:36 pm

    I swear I learn something new every time I visit your blog, Barb!

  • Connie Fletcher March 20, 2013, 4:57 pm

    OK, Barb….I can’t believe you did this…..it sounds GREAT!!! I will be making them this weekend….Thank you in a big BIG way!!!

  • Vegan Thyme (Kelly) March 21, 2013, 8:24 am

    Um, yes, please! I am now on the hunt for those meatballs and we need to have a little appetizer moment in this house very soon.

  • Reia@TheCrueltyFreeReview March 21, 2013, 8:10 pm

    Those look great! I remember many potlucks where someone always brought spicy grape Lil’ Smokie sausages. I loved them, but of course that was a long time ago. Great idea to update a classic.
    I don’t think I have to tell you that I obviously have coctail hour at home ;) It’s usually wine, sometimes orange juice and whatever liquor we might have sitting around. I’m currently reading God, No! by Penn Jillete (yup, the magician) and Make Believe, a fantasy anthology.

  • Somer March 21, 2013, 10:44 pm

    I totally had to make something similar for a church Christmas party where I was given a food assignment. The vegan meatballs were so sneaky and good that no-one suspected anything! The recipe I had used chili sauce and cranberry glaze. This looks even tastier!

  • Barbara March 21, 2013, 11:36 pm

    Gin and Tonics or wine for happy hour for me and Scotch on the rocks or Seven and Sevens for hubby. Made these appetizers before I went vegan. Thanks for reminding me that I can have these again!!

  • Heather March 22, 2013, 10:57 am

    I LOVE the quick cooking method! I always have about 2-3 books going at once…Justin has his own Cocktail Party most every night with his Home Brew and Hummus with Chips or Salsa and chips- I holdout until the weekend, where it is champagne or vodka!

  • Sophie33 March 24, 2013, 6:04 am

    You are amazing, right? These look just like ordinary meat balls: they really do but are so much better for us too! Excellent appetizers on a stick! Yummmm!

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