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Cranberry Meatballs Recipe

Cranberry Meatballs Recipe

Meet the Cook: Since we raise hogs, pork's plentiful at our place. If my husband's able to identify cranberries in a dish, however, he won't eat it. So, the first time I made these meatballs, I was thrilled when he raved about them. Our children - 5 and 2 - also consider them a favorite. And I've had many people request the recipe. But I really knew I had a "winner" when my grandmother asked me for it! -Tammy Neubauer, Ida Grove, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup cornflake crumbs
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds ground pork
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 can (14 ounces) jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine meatball ingredients. Shape into 72 meatballs (1 in. each).
  • 2. Place meatballs on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°. Remove from the oven; drain on paper towels.
  • 3. In a large saucepan, combine sauce ingredients. Cook, stirring frequently, until the cranberry sauce is melted. Add the meatballs and heat through. Yield: 12 main-dish or 24 appetizer servings.

Nutritional Facts

6 each: 297 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 681mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 16g protein

Reviews for Cranberry Meatballs

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Reviewed Sep. 12, 2015

"We were not fans of these meatballs. The sauce was OK, but nothing we enjoyed where I would make it again. Seeing all the rave reviews, my family must just like a different taste than most. The sauce is the main issue. There are much better sauces out there to me, but that is just my opinion!"

Reviewed Aug. 10, 2015

"EX!!!!!.... This will be my go to recipe for meatballs.... made with no changes ..Thank you for this great recipe...."

Reviewed Jan. 2, 2014

"These are just delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe. Because of my guests' preferences, I substituted turkey for the pork, and to make things even easier, I used a seasoning mixture in place of the parsley, onion, and salt. (I used Penzey's excellent Fox Point seasoning, and boy did they smell good cooking! I believe I used 2 tablespoons of it.) I made these the day before my party and refrigerated them in the tasty sauce. At first, I was worried that the sauce was too ketchupy, but by the time I reheated the dish in microwave, the flavors had melded and it was perfect. My meatballs did get a bit tough while standing on the buffet heater, but that doesn't have anything to do with the quality of the recipe--next time I would keep them warm over hot water. My guests--young and old--loved them!"

Reviewed Nov. 21, 2013

"I just made this last night! It was fast, easy, and VERY VERY VERY Delicious!!! I used Turnkey instead of pork and OMG! I will be making this regularly! Love love love! My boyfriend called me a gourmet chef!"

Reviewed Aug. 19, 2013

"My whole family really liked these meatballs. I did make a few changes to suit our tastes. For the meatballs, I replaced the corn flake crumbs with panko and I used ground beef instead of pork. For the sauce, I replaced the 1 cup of ketchup with 1/2 cup of bottled plum sauce and 1/2 a cup of ketchup. I also used apple cider vinegar since I didn't have lemon juice on hand. I didn't heat the sauce before putting it on the meatballs and cooked them for 25 minutes at 425. They were so delicious!"

Reviewed Dec. 28, 2012

"Great recipe. Made it with frozen meatballs and it was still the best ever."

Reviewed Apr. 18, 2012

"I think I was a little heavy-handed with the ketchup, so these sweet little meatballs gave me awful heartburn....but they were so good, I'll make them again! Easy too...with ingredients I already had on hand in the pantry. Love that!"

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2011

"I cheated and used 2 lbs frozen Rosini Italian meatballs from Walmart. Cooked in the crockpot for 4-1/2 hours on low. The sauce is terrific and I'll definitely make them again. Any leftovers reheat well in the microwave and are very, very tasty!"

Reviewed Oct. 10, 2011

"Definite crowd pleaser!"

Reviewed Apr. 24, 2011

"This recipe is to die for. Everyone liked it and it knocked my sisters sweet and sour recipe out of the favorites"

Reviewed Apr. 7, 2011

"These are very good!"

Reviewed Nov. 29, 2010

"I used frozen meatballs, and made the sauce exactly as written. Delicious!!!! My MIL even asked for the recipe, and you know it is good when people want the recipe."

Reviewed Nov. 22, 2010

"I use 1/2 cup katchup and 1/2 cup BBQ sause, turned out great."

Reviewed Nov. 20, 2010

"I used regular breadcrumbs and they were delicious!!"

Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"Love the sauce for these meatballs!!! It is so simple and SO yummy! I have even bought the frozen meatballs and thrown it all in the crock pot til they were heated through. So easy if your in a hurry! Every time i make them...we have NO leftovers!"

Reviewed Mar. 18, 2010

"I made this for friends, they enjoyed it. I tried this recipe with Ground Pork then I tried it with Ground Beef...I think I like the beef better. I will make them again."

Reviewed Feb. 15, 2010

"I made this recipe was excellent. Always looking for new recipe my son on gluten free diet. The kids and hubby loved it. I am going to try make it Italian meatballs next time. Will add garlic and Italian seasoning. Happy Cooking."

Reviewed Feb. 6, 2010

"I found these meatballs so tasty & would definately make them again."

Reviewed Jan. 16, 2010

"Delicious!! Will definitely make this again."

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2009

"I've used the recipe from scratch and I've used pre-made meatballs and just followed the sauce recipe. Either way they are a huge hit! I do like to make them a day early the flavor really soaks unto the meatballs."

Reviewed Oct. 11, 2009

"I love the flavor of the sauce!! I used the frozen Italian meatballs from Sam's and baked them in the oven. Mixed the sauce and then combined them in a lg. pot. Less grease from the meatballs that way, too. Delicious!"

Reviewed Dec. 26, 2008

"I usually make this with frozen meatballs from the grocery but crockpot them in the sauce for about 4 hours. They always come out fabulous with raves from everyone. I've taken them to many parties and they are always gone."

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2008

"I love this meatball recipe. I have served it at parties and always get rave reviews. there are never any left over. I usually mix pork and beef; however, I have made this with beef or turkey only for my Jewish friends. Turned out great each way. I usually substitute crushed cheese its and spicey ketchup. Fantastic!"

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