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


  • 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

3 each: 215 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 534mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 13g protein .


  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

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rmbarr059 240433
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2015

"Delicious! Made as appetizers and brought to our family's Christmas dinner. Everyone enjoyed them and this was the first time I've EVER made meatballs! I did follow another reviewer's advice and baked the meatballs at 350 for 20 minutes since the thought of microwaving them creeped me out a little. I also made the sauce on the stove. Very good!"

ojc0806 239796
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2015

"Very tasty! I made the meatballs a day ahead and placed them in the freezer. I also made the sauce and stored in a zip lock bag in the fridge. Then placed in crock pot on high for 4 hrs. Turned out perfect!"

maryann152 51981
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2013

"Loved'em & everyone else did too !"

drumsdaylilies 38712
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."

MrsOwens 59811
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2013

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

VictoriaElaine 136103
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."

primroseh 65513
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2012

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

brandonray48625 51973
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2012

"Made it for family from out of town and saw them disappear in no time."

clarko2122 59809
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2011

"Took these to a Christmas potluck at work and I was the only one who didn't take anything home!"

GourmetPetPantry 51956
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2009

"I make this recipe every year for our holiday party. It has become a tradition for our business' holiday party to have them. Our guest run from 400 to 550 people each year. And each year I find myself making more than the year before."

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