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Christmas Meatballs

 Christmas Meatballs
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.
12 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

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

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.