Slow Cooker Pork Meatballs with Orange Sauce…tender, juicy meatballs, packed with vegetables, covered with an orange glaze that everyone goes crazy for! Great as a party appetizer, or delicious easy meal with rice!
Normally, for an appetizer, one serving would equal two meatballs, so following this guideline, you could technically feed 42 people. However, you know your crowd, so plan accordingly.
A lot of time it depends on how many other appetizers are going to be served. For dinner, you can probably feed 8 people with this recipe. At this point, with my oldest being away at college, we’re only 4 for dinner these days. But we love leftovers, and you can freeze your extra too!
- 2 lbs ground pork
- 2 cups mixed vegetables, chopped finely in a food processor (I used carrots and zucchini)
- 2 onions, chopped finely
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 teaspoons of salt (1 teaspoon per lb of meat)
- Pepper, to taste
- 1 cup orange marmalade
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 1 tablespoon grated ginger root
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- Step 1
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Chop vegetables and onion. Beat eggs.
- Step 2
Mix together meat, vegetables, onion, bread crumbs, egg, and salt and pepper.
- Step 3
Form into ¾” or 1″ round meatballs. It should make approximately 7 dozen meatballs, give or take a few.
- Step 4
Add to baking tray. I usually line mine with parchment paper or tin foil to make clean up easier. Cook for about 20 minutes or until browned.
- Step 5
While your meatballs are cooking, combine your orange marmalade, orange juice, grated ginger root, and Dijon mustard to make your Orange Sauce.
- Step 6
Spray your slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray or rub a thin layer of olive oil along the bottom and sides.
- Step 7
Add the meatballs to your slow cooker and turn on low. Pour orange sauce over the top.
- Step 8
Heat for 2-3 hours, stirring once or twice. Serve as an appetizer or over rice for an easy main dish.