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Turkey Meatballs with Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Although this recipe is perfect for the holiday season, plan to use it all year-round—cranberries add "zing" to a menu anytime. To serve as an appetizer, shape the meatballs smaller and serve with party picks.—Helen Wiegmink, Tucson, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 35 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 2 tablespoons beaten egg
  • 1/4 cup crushed saltines
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 3/4 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 2/3 cup condensed tomato soup, undiluted


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. Place meatballs on a rack coated with cooking spray in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes.
  • 2. Meanwhile, combine cranberry sauce and tomato soup; heat through. Add the meatballs. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Yield: 1 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 meatball equals 73 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 213 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 4 g protein.