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Meatballs in the crockpot?

I want to make beef meatballs tonight, if I shaped them then throw them in the crockpot to cook will they fall apart? Should i brown them first?

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tnm786

Asked by tnm786 at 11:14 AM on Jan. 5, 2013 in Food & Drink

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  • Definiately brown! Yum, I am coming to your house for supper tonite :)
    madmueller

    Answer by madmueller at 11:16 AM on Jan. 5, 2013

  • You don't have to brown them if you don't want to,just put then in with sauce and let them cook away. I've done it, they come out good!


    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:21 AM on Jan. 5, 2013

  • If your recipe usually holds together well, they should be fine - I wouldn't layer too many though. They might kind of stick together but should come apart fairly easily. I had the same concern when I did it but mine came out fine!
    idareyou

    Answer by idareyou at 11:27 AM on Jan. 5, 2013

  • I was thinking of cooking them in beef broth, would that work? The only other things I have are turkey gravy & BBQ sauce
    tnm786

    Comment by tnm786 (original poster) at 11:29 AM on Jan. 5, 2013

  • Beef broth or BBQ would be great, now I want meatballs! LOL
    Crafty26

    Answer by Crafty26 at 11:32 AM on Jan. 5, 2013

  • Personally I would brown them first and then cook them in BBQ sauce, but that depends on what you are using them for. If you are makng a lot of meatballs for different recipes then I would use beef broth, but if it's strictly for meatball subs I would cook them in marinara etc.
    cassie_kellison

    Answer by cassie_kellison at 11:48 AM on Jan. 5, 2013

  • America's test kitchen did a recipe on this. Go to their website for recipe and video.
    booklover545

    Answer by booklover545 at 9:20 PM on Jan. 5, 2013

  • I've always wondered this....how did it turn out?
    texasgurl33

    Answer by texasgurl33 at 11:09 AM on Jan. 6, 2013

  • I would brown them and then toss them in to cook the rest of the way...
    But_Mommie

    Answer by But_Mommie at 11:29 AM on Jan. 6, 2013

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