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 User ID: 4046105 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 User ID: 4482783 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 User ID: 3727696 51981
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2013

"Loved'em & everyone else did too !"

drumsdaylilies User ID: 1925082 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 User ID: 7095603 59811
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2013

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

VictoriaElaine User ID: 3422096 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 User ID: 1509951 65513
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2012

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

brandonray48625 User ID: 7055879 51973
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2012

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

clarko2122 User ID: 5611281 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 User ID: 807046 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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