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Favorite Cranberry Meatballs Recipe

Favorite Cranberry Meatballs Recipe

Although this recipe is perfect for the holiday season, plan to use it all year-round—cranberries add "zing" to menus anytime. And, if you're looking for an appetizer idea, shape the meatballs smaller and serve with party picks.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 10 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup crushed saltines
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • Cooked rice or noodles


  • 1. In a bowl, combine first six ingredients. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. Place meatballs on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes.
  • 2. Meanwhile, combine cranberry sauce and tomato soup. Heat through. Add meatballs and simmer 10 minutes. Serve with rice or noodles. May also be used as an appetizer. Yield: 4 main-dish servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 458 calories, 12 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 112 mg cholesterol, 1,423 mg sodium, 63 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 26 g protein.