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Progressive Dinner: Crock Pot Meatball Appetizer

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Progressive Dinner: Crock Pot Meatball Appetizer

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Disclosure: This weeks Progressive Dinners sponsor is Nielsen-Massey Fine Vanillas and Flavorings


Welcome to week 2 of 7 in our Progressive Dinner Blog Hop. Last week I sent out an Progressive Dinner invitation. If you didn’t get a chance to see it you can check it out in my Progressive Dinner Invitation post where you can see the beautiful full color magazine our hostess Glenda from Busy at Home created to announce the big event. It will also give you a sneak peek into what you can expect for the upcoming weeks of our Progressive Dinner.

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What is a Progressive Dinner?

So what is a Progressive Dinner you might be asking? Well for 7 weeks myself and four other bloggers will each be sharing one course of a holiday dinner menu from appetizers to dessert in a round up style post. 

By the end of the seven weeks each of us will have shared a Main course, 2 side dish recipes, an appetizer, a  dessert recipe and a pot luck or gift from the kitchen recipe.

Below you will find the schedule of the recipes I will be sharing for each week and what giveaway will be available that week. You will find my fellow Blog Hop Bloggers Roundup of Progressive Dinner recipes,  Ziplist  recipe and Rafflecopter giveaway form below at the bottom of each weekly post. 

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Holiday Progressive Dinner Week 2 Recipe Links

Crock-Pot Meatballs
at Flour on My Face

Mom’s Famous Bone-In Ham
at The Gunny Sack

Pomegranate Orange Spinach Salad
at Daily Dish Recipes

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crunch Topping
at Busy-at-Home

Mini Gingerbread Bundt Cakes with Cinnamon Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream
at Adventures in All Things Food


Week 2 Progressive Dinner Recipe Crock Pot Meatball Appetizer

Whenever we have a family dinner I make sure to make something for everyone to nibble on while dinner is cooking. This Crock Pot Meatball Appetizer recipe comes from Amber a friend of the family. Everyone raves about her Crock Pot Meatballs.  She was generous enough to let me share the recipe. I did make a little change though. Amber uses frozen meat balls. The only way I have ever eaten meatballs was to make them the way my mother did and that was from scratch. So for this recipe I made homemade meatballs.

Crock Pot, Meatball, Appetizer

Crock Pot Meatball Appetizer


Progressive Dinner: Crock Pot Meatball Appetizer
Prep time
Total time
Serves: about 30 meatballs
Meatball ingredients
  • 1½ pounds ground beef
  • ½ cup Italian Bread Crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
Meatball Sauce Ingredients
  • 1 jar Heinz Chili Sauce
  • 1-32 ounce jar grape jelly
  • 1 envelope Lipton Onion Soup
  1. Turn the Crockpot on low and add all the Meatball Sauce ingredients. Allow to warm while mixing the meatball ingredients.
  2. In a bowl mix well the first six ingredients in a bowl. Form about 30 small meatballs.
  3. Brown meatballs in a skillet.
  4. Remove meatballs from the skillet with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
  5. Add drained meatballs to the Crock Pot and stir covering all meatballs with the sauce.
  6. Cook on high for 2 hours. Reduce heat and cook for another hour on low. Cook time will depend on the thickness of the meatballs.
  7. Check the center of a meatball for done-ness. Center should be cooked through. The center should not show any pink. Temperature and Crock Pot size should be taken into consideration. If Meatballs are stick pink in center continue to cook
Can also be made with a bag of frozen meatballs if you are strapped for time.

Progressive Dinner Sponsor and Giveaway


 This weeks giveaway and sponsor of our Progressive Dinner Blog Hop is Nielsen-Massey makers of Fine Vanillas and Flavorings. I have had the pleasure and delight of using some Nielsen-Massey flavorings in the past and they are extremely good flavorings and very concentrated. I used the Vanilla Bean Paste in my first Progressive Dinner Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Dessert Recipe and fell in love. The thick Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste  is packed with a  pure vanilla scent and flavor. If you love vanilla like I love vanilla just open a bottle of this stuff and take a whiff. Wow is all I can say!


The Giveaway for this week will be a box of Nielsen-Massey goodies.

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  1. Their Vanilla Cinnamon Apples sound really good!

  2. I would like to make the caramel sauce!

  3. Golden Squash Bisque with Nielsen-Massey Pure Orange Extract. This sounds like a terrific Thanksgiving starter (and other days, too!!)!!

  4. Susan Christy says:

    I want to try the Vanilla Mocha Latte Shooters

  5. I want to try these: Biscotti del Boulangere

  6. Carol Yemola says:

    The Crisp Vanilla Butter Cookies look delish!

  7. Holly Thomas says:

    I would like to try the Pecan Pie.

  8. laura ari says:

    The pure lemon would be great in lemon bars!

  9. Crisp Vanilla Butter Cookies.

  10. I’d love to try the Vanilla Sugar Crepes!

  11. How do you choose just one recipe when they all look so good!! The vanilla mocha cafe cake sounds amazing. If I were braver, though, I’d try to make the flan!

  12. I would like to try the Vanilla Peach Nut Bread.

  13. Kim Henrichs says:

    I love those meatballs!!! Fiesta Mole Sauce for Chicken Bake is one I would love to try.

  14. The Hearty White Bean Chili sounds wonderful for a fall dinner.

  15. I can’t seem to resist anything with pumpkin or apples lately, and I love almond cakes, so: French Apple Almond Butter Cake with Vanilla Caramel Sauce.

  16. karen medlin says:

    Blueberry Muffin Mix is the recipe I would love to try.

  17. Lacey Burd says:

    Everything looks so yummy! I really want to try out the Vanilla Almond Macaroons :)

  18. The caramel sauce looks wonderful.i’d love to give it a try.

  19. I want to try the Coconut Vanilla Ice Cream and the Fiesta Mole Sauce for Chicken Bake. Sound so good!

  20. Dorothy Teel says:

    I would want to try this one it uses Chocolate extract – sounds yummy to me- Hearty White Bean Chili

  21. Vanilla Peach Nut Bread!!

  22. gina lovejoy says:

    I am going to make the Orange Blossom Fruit Salad. Sound yummy

  23. the allergen free peppermint patties

  24. I’d like to try the salmon with vanilla balsamic marinade, because it sounds very different from any way I’ve used vanilla before!

  25. I would love to try the Salmon with Vanilla Balsamic Marinade

  26. Pam Gurganus says:

    I would most like to try the Ribs with Smoky Vanilla BBQ Sauce!

  27. Coffee addicted says:

    Oh , This looks like Thai food , Yummy


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