Cranberry Meatballs and Sausage Recipe
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Cranberry Meatballs and Sausage Recipe

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Years ago, I found a version of this recipe in a cookbook. At first taste, my family judged it a keeper. The tangy saucy meatballs are requested by our friends whenever I host card night. We also take the yummy dish on camping trips.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:14-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 14-16 servings


  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1 can (14 ounces) jellied cranberry sauce
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1 package (1 pound) miniature smoked sausage links

Nutritional Facts

3 each: 218 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 514mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Crumble bulk sausage over the mixture and mix well. Shape into 1 in. balls. In a large skillet, cook meatballs over medium heat until a thermometer reads 160°.; drain.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine the cranberry sauce, vinegar, brown sugar and mustard. Cook and stir over medium heat until cranberry sauce is melted. Add the meatballs and sausage links. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes or until sausage links are no longer pink and sauce is slightly thickened. Yield: 14-16 servings.
Originally published as Cranberry Meatballs and Sausage in Country Woman January/February 2004, p29

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luigimon User ID: 1692040 77065
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2013

"Everyone loves this! Even my sister in law, who is a very picky eater......she went back for seconds!!!!"

VictoriaElaine User ID: 3422096 137872
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2013

"I was skeptical of using pork sausage for the meatballs (have always used ground beef for meatballs) & a little unsure of how the cranberry sauce would taste, but decided to give it a try due to the positive reviews. I'm so glad I did - it is soooo delicious! I don't like smoked sausage links, so I sliced up a pound of polka kielbasa as a substitute. Loved having both meatballs & sausage in one dish. What I loved about the sauce, besides the taste, is that it doesn't make so much that the meatballs drown in it, like the grape jelly/chili sauce recipe. I will definitely be making this for the holidays this year!"

kshea User ID: 2698812 137867
Reviewed May. 19, 2012

"We thought this was good, but not great"

Khourtney User ID: 6340317 77063
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

"Its a hit every year! Fun and simple and a nice appetizer for everyone when they are still waiting for the main courses to be done!"

heyitswong User ID: 5210234 66917
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2011

"Absolutely loved this receipe!!! My friends and I were not too big of a fan of the sausage links but we LOVED the meatballs with the cranberry sauce!"

debnmike2 User ID: 2905926 131069
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2010

"I made this for my annual cookie dough exchange party. What a hit, there were no leftovers. Making again next year!"

lcronan User ID: 1651827 143995
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2010

"I used 2 lbs of Italian sausage - 1lb spicy and 1lb mild- instead of the links - turned out AMAZING! I just doubled the ingredients that mix in the meatballs. There was plenty of sauce!"

linsvin User ID: 1584655 77062
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2009

"Nothing beats making meatballs from scratch. Assembly was easy, sauce was terrific! I've made this a half dozen times already for football parties. Would not change a thing. Do trasfer to a crock pot to serve."

ProblemChild User ID: 3731049 51347
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2009

"Somebody should change the name of this recipe to AWESOME Cranberry Meatballs & Sausage!! These were so great. I took them to a house warming party & everyone raved. Particularly about the meatballs. I used Jimmy Dean's Premium Italian Pork Sausage for mine but I think you could easily substitute hot, mild or sage depending on your preference & still have great results. I completely agree with the other review which said these are much better than the ones coated in chili sauce & grape jelly. Will definitley be making them again. Thanks for the recipe & making me the most popular guest at the party!!"

Cptmom96 User ID: 1855702 57203
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2008

"Very good and very easy! I did simmer and then I transfered to a crock pot and let guests serve themselves from there. Everyone loves these! So much better than the usual mini smoked sausage links covered in BBQ sauce or grape jelly and chili sauce!"

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