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Cranberry Appetizer Meatballs Recipe

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For a memorable meatball party snack with a tangy non-traditional sauce, I suggest this recipe. The meatballs are mouthwatering.—Jim Ulberg, Elk Rapids, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:84 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 84 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • CRANBERRY SAUCE:
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

Nutritional Facts

1 meatball: 39 calories, 1g fat (1g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 124mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0g fiber), 2g protein

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Combine the first nine ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  2. Place meatballs on a rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake until no longer pink, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker or chafing dish.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine all sauce ingredients; simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour over meatballs. Serve warm. Yield: about 7 dozen.
Originally published as Cranberry Appetizer Meatballs in Taste of Home October/November 1998, p47


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poppadude
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2015

"EX!!!!!"

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matsugirl
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2013

"I used frozen meatballs and followed the recipe posted here for the sauce. Made this for Christmas and it was delicious! Plan on making this again for New Years. This is a keeper! Thank you!"

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grniis2
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2013

"Made this recipe for work New Year's Eve. Everyone wanted the recipe. The sauce is a perfect combination of sweet and tangy. I like the idea of using the little smokies. Next time I will make a double batch of sauce and make half meatballs and smokies. Thanks for the recipe."

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chaz14
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2012

"I never make my own meatballs but use frozen ones instead. However, the sauce recipe makes a yummy accompaniment for the meatballs. I nuke the meatballs and keep them warm in an electric chafing dish."

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grandmagogof8
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2012

"I haven't made your meatball recipe yet, but I am going to next time I make meatballs but the sauce was EXCELLENT! I followed the recipe to a T and also added little smokies in the sauce with the pre-made meatballs...so YUMMY!! Didn't bring any home. Thanks for a wonderful recipe, as I have tried lots of different sauce recipes."

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wethepeople
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2010

"I've made this over and over with rave reviews from those who've eaten them. I even used this recipe to camouflage ground venison's gamey flavor. love this!"

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