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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Reviewed Sep. 29, 2013

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

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!"

Reviewed May. 19, 2012

"We thought this was good, but not great"

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!"

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!"

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