Sweet... And... Sour... Spaghetti??????

This dinner was an accident, and absolutely delicious... My entire family loved it! I intended on sweet & sour Italian meatballs, but they didn't taste right. So I did a little tweaking & dumped it all over spaghetti noodles. Yummy!!!

2-3 lb. frozen Italian meatballs
1 pkg. whole grain thin spaghetti noodles
1 jar spaghetti sauce (I used traditional style)
1 cup ketchup
1 cup apple jelly
1 cup grape or plum jam
1 can tomato sauce
1/8 cup apple cider vinegar

Heat liquid ingredients until jam & jelly are melted. Pour over meatballs in a crock pot, and stir to coat. Cook on low for about 6 hours.

Toward the end of the 6 hours, cook noodles according to package directions. Drain & toss with about 2 Tb. olive oil.

Serve meatballs & sauce over noodles.

Top with parsley flakes, shredded cheddar or mozarella cheese, & Parmesan cheese.

Way easy, & way versatile. You can add any kind of topping you want... from garlic salt to cinnamon sugar! We haven't been very successful with making crackers in our home, but FINALLY... a winner! They taste a lot like "Wheat Thins".

In a medium bowl whisk together:

3/4 c. whole wheat flour (fresh ground hard white wheat is best)
3/4 c. all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 Tb. dry buttermilk powder

Add to dry mix:

1/2 cup water
3 T. cooking oil or melted butter

Stir until all the flour is absorbed. Don't over mix. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap & let sit for about 10 minutes.

Divide dough in half & plop half of it on a flat cookie sheet (without edges)... OR onto a silicone baking liner. Cover dough with saran wrap, the size of your pan or liner. Roll out to edges. Dough will be VERY thin!

(If you're using a liner, put your liner onto a cookie sheet after rolling out the dough.)

Remove saran wrap after it's all smoothed out. Using a pizza cutter, score dough into cracker squares. I make mine about 1 - 1 1/2 inches.

Sprinkle dough squares with a GENEROUS amount of any topping you want!

Sea Salt
Garlic Salt
Onion Salt
Cinnamon Sugar
Crushed Herbs
Poppy Seeds
Sesame Seeds
Shredded or Parmesan Cheese

My personal favorite (so far), is garlic salt and parsley. And it's actually a perfect partner to the sweet & sour spaghetti recipe!

Bake at 350 degrees for about 12-15 minutes.

*Note - If your edges are too thin, they will burn easily. Try to even all the dough out to the same thickness all the way around, as much as possible.

Your crackers will get crispier as they cool down.

Try them with cheese balls or cracker dip. The cinnamon sugar ones would be great with a fruit & cream cheese ball or fruit dip! I think these are perfect for party appetizers OR just in your kid's lunchbox!