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Easy Cranberry Meatballs

 Easy Cranberry Meatballs
This is a versatile recipe to be used either as a main dish or as an appetizer. You simply adjust the size of the meatballs. I like to serve it during the holidays as an appetizer. It works well to curb appetites while your guests await the main meal. -Frances Venator, Ottumwa, Iowa
20 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Cook: 10 min.


  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef
    With Johnsonville Italian Sausage.

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  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup crushed saltines (about 15 crackers)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard


  • In a bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Shape into 1-in.
  • meatballs. Place meatballs on a greased rack in a shallow baking
  • pan. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until a thermometer reads
  • 160°; drain.
  • Meanwhile, combine the cranberry sauce, soup and mustard in a large
  • saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; add the meatballs. Simmer,
  • uncovered, for 10 minutes. Yield: 5 dozen.
Editor's Note: To serve the meatballs as a main dish instead of an appetizer, make 1-1/4-inch balls and bake for 20 minutes.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (3 each) equals 158 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 51 mg cholesterol, 401 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 10 g protein.