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Football widows your days of getting to maybe go to a Sunday movie are just around the corner. Super Bowl Sunday is this Sunday and it is time to break out the party platters, grazing boards or your favorite dips and chips.
I decided to test out one of my favorite easy party appetizers today on my co-workers. I call them #meatball Bruschetta. They are cute, fun to make, and simply delicious. For a bonus, they are actually very filling. I served them with some chips and gave them some of my homemade salted caramel chocolate chip cookies for a dessert.
Meatballs are easy to do in the #crockpot so you don't have to spend all of your time in the kitchen. You can put them on and they are ready in about three hours.
To make them extra special for a party I serve them on sliced french toast bread. You just spread a little margarine on top of the bread (or olive oil) top with shredded mozzarella cheese, shredded cheddar and Parmesan cheese. Place them on a large cookie sheet covered with parchment paper and place in the oven at 375 degrees for about five minutes. Take the toast out of the oven and spoon about three meatballs on top of melted toast. Top with a few more sprinkles of the mozzarella cheese. Place back in the oven for an additional 10-12 minutes until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasted.
Take out of oven and top with fresh baby spinach and serve! These are always a big hit at my office and at home. One or two is usually enough for most. However, some of the guys can eat 3-4 each.
For the meatballs I use the ever delicious #cookedperfect frozen Italian Meatballs. Kroger has a bag of 160 meatballs and that was plenty (with a little left over) for our office party of 12.
Place all of the bag of meatballs in a large Crockpot. This is a really large bag so I use two large jars of the Bertolli Sauces. However, use one (1) Organic Tomato & Basil and one (1) Marinara. (This gives the meatballs and great flavor). Add 3-4 Teaspoons of the Lowry's garlic pepper and sprinkle throughout the meatballs and stir. You will want to add in 1/4 cup of water. If you need them done in three hours - place Crockpot on high. I stir mine occasionally and after I stir them (about every hour) I add more of the Lowry's garlic pepper. I also add black pepper (a few shakes throughout as I stir)
Here's the deal. To take some of the "tartness" out - sprinkle in 1/4 cup of sugar and stir throughout. This gives you that sweet tomato garlic & basil flavor.
To sum it up these are the Ingredients you will need:
1 large bag of Cooked Perfect Italian Frozen Meatballs - (if you can't find the 160 count - 3 of the 52 count (that is if you have a group of 10-12)
1 jar of Organic Bertolli Tomato Basil Sauce (you can use regular if you can't find organic)
1 jar of Bertolli Marinara Sauce
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
Lowry's garlic pepper
1 loaf of sliced French Bread
Margarine - (just enough to spread on toast) or you can use olive oil
Baby Spinach (for garnish)
1-2 cups or a small Bag of Mozzarella Cheese (Shredded)
1 cup or small bag of Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/2 cup - cup of Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Note: If you want them to have a little "kick" or heat to them. Simply add a couple of pinches of red pepper flakes.
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