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Christmas Meatballs Recipe
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Christmas Meatballs Recipe

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Cranberry sauce and brown sugar create a tangy glaze for moist meatballs that are good as an appetizer or as a main dish over rice. "We love them so much, I prepare them year-round," says Joyce Bentley of Redlands, California.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (3 each) equals 215 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 70 mg cholesterol, 534 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 13 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a bowl, combine eggs, soup mix, bread crumbs, cranberries and parsley. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls; place 12 to 14 balls on a microwave-safe plate. Cover with waxed paper; microwave on high for 2-3 minutes or until no longer pink. Remove to paper towels to drain. Repeat with remaining meatballs.
  2. In a 2-qt. microwave-safe dish, combine sauce ingredients. Cover and microwave on high for 3-4 minutes or until heated through, rotating once. Gently stir in meatballs. Cover and cook on high for 1-2 minutes or until heated through. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Originally published as Christmas Meatballs in Quick Cooking November/December 2002, p19

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (3 each) equals 215 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 70 mg cholesterol, 534 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 13 g protein.

Reviews for Christmas Meatballs

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Reviewed Dec. 15, 2013

"Loved'em & everyone else did too !"

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Reviewed Nov. 27, 2013

"I use a crockpot for this recipe. I fill a 4 quart crockpot full of frozen meatballs and double the sauce recipe and cook on high for about 4 hours. Delish! Everyone at our house loves the altered version of Christmas Meatballs."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2013

"Simple and delicious. I used a crockpot as I cannot stand the taste of microwaved meat."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2013

"I thought the onion soup mix came thru as the dominant taste in these meatballs. Overall, they had a very good flavor & the sauce was tasty - sweet, but not overly sweet. I don't like making things in the microwave, so I baked the meatballs in the oven at 350 for 20 minutes, & made the sauce on the stovetop."

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Reviewed Dec. 26, 2012

"Absolutely easy to make and everyone just loved them."

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