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Tasty Cranberry Meatballs Recipe

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Whether you serve them as appetizers or the main course, these tasty meatballs shared by Nina Hall of Citrus Heights, California are sure to be popular. Cranberry and chili sauces give them extra sweetness. TIP: “These taste very good over egg noodles,” Nina suggests.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 can (14 ounces) jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) chili sauce
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (6 each) equals 467 calories, 11 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 126 mg cholesterol, 1348 mg sodium, 66 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 26 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, bread crumbs, parsley and onion. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. Place in a 3-qt. slow cooker.
  2. In another bowl, combine the cranberry sauce, chili sauce, ketchup, brown sugar and lemon juice. Pour over meatballs. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or until meat is no longer pink. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Cranberry Meatballs in Quick Cooking September/October 2005, p42

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Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

"I use frozen meatballs to make this recipe easier. I also omit the ketchup. The sauce is very good, sometimes I use it on chicken wings in a crockpot."

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