Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Balls Galore.

I am all about the balls at Christmas. I never realized to what degree. Yesterday I made Snowball Cookies (most well-known as Russian Tea Cakes) and Cocktail Meatballs to freeze and heat in sauce for Christmas day. The sauce sounds unusual combining chili sauce and grape jelly but I promise you it's good. I don't really eat red meat but it's a much-requested favorite.

Today I am going to make old-fashioned cocoa fudge (in squares!). It's not too creamy and has a richness new fudge lacks. It's what my mom made when I was a kid so I'm partial to it. It's on the Hershey's website here. Then I am making many other non-ball-shaped things including spinach and blue cheese phyllo pastries and Scotcharoos (Rice Krispie treats with peanut butter and butterscotch and a layer of chocolate - the kids love this). I am going to be absolutely rotund by the new year.


Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Well Balls it is! Why not shape the fudge and the scotcheroos into balls too? Why mess with a good thing?!

Everything looks and sounds just delish!


Anonymous said...

I love balls too! he he

Enjoy the baking. It all sounds wonderful.

please sir said...

YUM - nothing like a good Christmas appetizer!

Greta said...

OMG. I used to go to these bbqs a couple summers ago, and the one of the girls would make those meatballs with that jelly recipe and she would NEVER give it to me!

You should post it!

I would LOVE to have it. Those were the best tasting balls I ever had :)

hello gorgeous said...

Linda - Ha! That cracked me up. Sadly, I thought of it. :-)

Hi Megan! Everybody go look at Megan's cute shop.

Please Sir - We usually do sit-down dinner and this year it's appetizers and sweets. Yay.

Greta - I added the recipe link to the post. Just click on "Cocktail Meatballs." The only difference is that I only use about 1 teaspoon of salt and I fry/brown them in (about 1/4 c.) shortening because I didn't know about this healthier version (and it's only once a year, right?). Then you clean out the frying pan, add the jelly and chili sauce, melt it and add the meatballs and let them simmer for a little while. Then I transfer them to a crockpot because they get practically carmelized with the sauce in about an hour or so.

Raina Cox said...

Two balls post in a row. Hee hee!


Michelle Parks McCourt said...

Sounds delicious.
PS love your banner.
ANd Merry Christmas!

hello gorgeous said...

Raina, I am glad I'm not the only 12-year-old boy on this blog. :-)

David said...

I'm thrilled to see everyone going balls-out with their holiday prep!

Meeting you all and becoming a little part of this community truly has been a gift. Here's wishing everyone the brightest of holidays and all good things in the new year.

Anonymous said...

Mmm...that fudge recipe looks divine! And of course all I can think about is the hilarious Alec Baldwin/SNL sketch with the cooking show and the balls at christmas time...have a great ball filled holiday!

Deb Rox said...

What goes a-round lands on my thighs. Damn, we are what we eat, aren't we? I may well be an apple-stuffed struedel, then. Emphasis on the "stuffed."

Merry Christmas, Cookie!

Greta said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Gorgeous!!!

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