If you are hosting the next group get-together, game night, movie night, etc, let your crockpots and/or slow cookers give you a hand! The recipes in this article are easy, inexpensive, and work great for feeding a group.  The Turkey Meatballs recipe makes twenty-four meatballs which gives you a good amount.  Double the recipe if more is needed.  You can even make a cereal based party mix in your slow-cooker.  Now how easy is that!

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1 can (16-oz) jellied cranberry sauce
1/2 cup your favorite barbecue sauce
1 egg white
1 lb ground turkey*
1 green onion with top, sliced
2 tsp grated orange rind
1 tsp soy sauce
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp ground red pepper

In a small bowl, whisk together the cranberry sauce and the barbecue sauce.  Pour the mixture into the slow cooker or crockpot.  Cover and cook on high setting for approximately half an hour until the cranberry sauce melts and the mixture is hot.  Stir about every 10 minutes during this time.

While sauce cooks, beat the egg white lightly in a medium-size bowl.  Add the turkey, green onion, orange peel, soy sauce, and the two peppers.  Using your hands, mix well to blend.  Shape the mixture into 24 meatballs. 

Spray a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray.  Add the meatballs and cook over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes until no longer pink in centers.  Turn during cooking to brown all sides.  Add the meatballs to the heated sauce in the cooker; stir to coat meatballs. 

Reduce the heat on the cooker to low, cover, and cook for 3 to 3 1/2 hours.  To serve, remove to a serving plate, garnish with fresh cilantro or rosemary, if desired.  Serve with decorative picks or tiny forks.

Yes, you can even make party mix in your crockpot or slow cooker!

3 cups of rice cereal squares
2 cups O-shape cereal
2 cups bite-size shredded wheat cereal
1 cup peanuts or pecans
1 cup thin pretzel sticks, broken in half
1/2 cup butter, melted
4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 dash hot pepper sauce
1/2 tsp seasoned salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder

Combine the three cereals, nuts, and pretzels in the cooker.  In a small bowl combine the butter, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, and the seasonings, stirring together to mix well; pour over the cereal mixture in the cooker.  Toss the mixture lightly to coat all the ingredients.  DO NOT PUT A LID OVER THE COOKER!  Cook mixture on high for 2 hours or on low for 2 to 6 hours.  Stir every 30 minutes.  Cool and store in an airtight container.