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Hey y’all! Are you excited yet! It’s holiday time!! I love, love, love the holidays! I plan for the holidays all year, writing down Christmas party plans in the morning over coffee and a bowl of hot cereal.
My family has strong Christmas traditions. We spend each Christmas crammed into my grandparents den with a fire roaring behind my Papa while he hands out the gifts and the children playing in the glow of their giant Christmas tree all decked out entirely in glass ornaments. When the presents have all been opened and you can’t see the floor for the crumbled paper and shiny bows the men can be found napping on the sofa while Christmas carols play on the TV.
It is then that us ladies head up to the kitchen to get dinner on the table. We set the table with ham and turkey and all the trimmings. Each year I like to bring a different appetizer, something new to bring to the holidays.
My husband and I also have a holiday tradition of going to Target during the holidays, getting some coffee and walking around doing a little Christmas shopping and picking out a new ornament. This year while doing our annual Target Christmas trip I noticed these Winter themed Quaker Oat canisters exclusively at Target and of course I had to pick one up!
When planning what I was going to bring to Christmas this year my mind kept going back to the Quaker Oats, and I knew I had to use them in my appetizer recipe. Then I remembered how yummy oatmeal is in meatballs and just like that the perfect holiday appetizer was born. Yummy meatballs made even more delicious with the addition of oatmeal smothered in a cranberry barbeque sauce sounded like the perfect holiday snack to me.
The meatballs come out perfect thanks to the addition of the oatmeal (plus the oatmeal helps the meatballs go further). The sauce is the perfect spin on that classic barbecue/grape jelly sauce, a little sweet, a little tangy, the right combination of flavors that everyone loves. A few pretzels as a skewer completed this festive dish. They were a hit!
Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs with Rolled Oats
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
- 3/4 cup Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
- 1 cup milk
- 3 tablespoons very finely minced onion
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- Plenty of ground black pepper
- 3/4 cup cranberry sauce
- 1/2 cup your favorite barbecue sauce
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- Mix all the meatball ingredients together and form into balls.
- Place into a pyrex baking dish and bake at 350 degrees until slightly browned 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and drain off any grease.
- Mix the sauce ingredients and pour over the meatballs.
- Place the meatballs back into the oven for another 10-15 minutes until cooked through and bubbly.
- Remove from oven.
- Skewer with pretzel sticks and serve!
I highly recommended making these for your holiday get togethers. Did I forget to mention the best part? You can make these right in the oven or the slow cooker! Who doesn’t love a slow cooker recipe?
So this holiday season while you are enjoying your family traditions, introduce a new one with these Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs with Rolled Oats.
What are some of your favorite holiday traditions and recipes?