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Serves 12 | Prep Time 5 | Cook Time 120

Why I Love This Recipe

This is a Christmas Eve family favorite. Definitely no leftovers coming home! The holidays are a time full of traditions. Some are focused around society, religion, family, and cultures. Other traditions evolve from the need for new habits, combining cultures and a few happen just by accident.

That’s the case with my family. We have some traditions that have been honored for many, many years. We put up a Christmas tree and exchange gifts. Those are long standing, popular traditions. In recent years, we began the habit of gathering on Christmas Eve as one large group. This allowed individual families the chance to establish their own Christmas morning traditions.

This Christmas Eve gathering started as a potluck, with each family bringing snacks to share. I typically contributed a meat and cheese tray, meatballs or some other dish. One year, I didn’t have the meatballs and opted to have another dish instead. I have no idea what that dish was, but let me tell you, it wasn’t meatballs. And I heard about it. The whole family was looking for the crock pot with the meatballs. They asked me if I’d forgotten. They whined and begged. The new tradition, quite by accident, for our

Christmas Eve meal, I prepare meatballs. I guess I didn’t realize how much this one buffet item meant to my family.

Ingredients You'll Need

1 cup ketchup
1 cup Brown Sugar
1 cup apple butter
2 package frozen meatballs


Mix ketchup, apple butter and brown sugar in a bowl.

Set aside. Place frozen meatballs into slow cooker.

Pour sauce over meatballs.

Set slow cooker to low for 6 hours or high for 2 hours.


Make It a Meal: Serve on a bun with some cheese for a great sandwich.

Approximate Nutritional Information: Servings Per Recipe: 12 servings, Amount Per Serving: Calories: 240, Total Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 31mg, Sodium: 260mg, Total Carbs: 33g, Dietary Fiber: 0g, Protein: 9g

Variations: Replace the sauce with barbecue or spaghetti sauce for slightly different flavor.

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