Christmas Meatballs Recipe

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Christmas Meatballs Recipe
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Christmas Meatballs Recipe

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Cranberry sauce and brown sugar create a tangy glaze for moist meatballs that are good as an appetizer or as a main dish over rice. We love them so much, I prepare them year-round. —Joyce Bentley, Redlands, California
MAKES:
36 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:
36 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar

Directions

In a large bowl, combine first five ingredients. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1-in. balls.
Place a third of the meatballs on a microwave-safe plate. Cover with waxed paper; microwave on high until cooked through, 2-3 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Repeat twice with remaining meatballs.
In a 2-qt. microwave-safe dish, mix sauce ingredients. Microwave, covered, on high until heated through, 3-4 minutes, stirring halfway. Gently stir in meatballs. Microwave, covered, on high until heated through, 1-2 minutes. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Originally published as Christmas Meatballs in Quick Cooking November/December 2002, p19

Nutritional Facts

1 meatball: 71 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 190mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  1. In a large bowl, combine first five ingredients. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  2. Place a third of the meatballs on a microwave-safe plate. Cover with waxed paper; microwave on high until cooked through, 2-3 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Repeat twice with remaining meatballs.
  3. In a 2-qt. microwave-safe dish, mix sauce ingredients. Microwave, covered, on high until heated through, 3-4 minutes, stirring halfway. Gently stir in meatballs. Microwave, covered, on high until heated through, 1-2 minutes. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Originally published as Christmas Meatballs in Quick Cooking November/December 2002, p19

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Reenwad User ID: 3002364 285103
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2018

"Why is this listed under "low carb" recipes? Not even close to being low carb!"

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jstowellsupermom User ID: 7101358 280391
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2018

"As others mentioned, I cooked the meatballs and made the sauce on the stove top. A nice change to the standard meatball recipe people tend to bring to potlucks!"

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PrplMonky5 User ID: 6612040 280359
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2018

"These were pretty tasty, but I felt the onion flavor was a little too heavy. Next time I'll cut back on that. I enjoyed the chopped up cranberries in the meat, I think that was a nice touch. I too put these in the oven, but for some reason it took mine nearly 30 minutes at 350, not 20. Maybe my meatballs were bigger? Pretty unique dish, but not something I'd make every week."

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[email protected] User ID: 660734 278315
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2017

"I had made my own meatballs but the sauce recipe caught my eye. It is WONDERFUL! So easy to make. I used a red and yellow onion and spiced things up a bit with orange peel. The aroma in the house was heavenly. It's a keeper. This Taste of Home Field editor is one happy camper as were all the guests who tried it on Thanksgiving!"

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rmbarr059 User ID: 4046105 240433
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2015

"Delicious! Made as appetizers and brought to our family's Christmas dinner. Everyone enjoyed them and this was the first time I've EVER made meatballs! I did follow another reviewer's advice and baked the meatballs at 350 for 20 minutes since the thought of microwaving them creeped me out a little. I also made the sauce on the stove. Very good!"

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ojc0806 User ID: 4482783 239796
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2015

"Very tasty! I made the meatballs a day ahead and placed them in the freezer. I also made the sauce and stored in a zip lock bag in the fridge. Then placed in crock pot on high for 4 hrs. Turned out perfect!"

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maryann152 User ID: 3727696 51981
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2013

"Loved'em & everyone else did too !"

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drumsdaylilies User ID: 1925082 38712
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2013

"I use a crockpot for this recipe. I fill a 4 quart crockpot full of frozen meatballs and double the sauce recipe and cook on high for about 4 hours. Delish! Everyone at our house loves the altered version of Christmas Meatballs."

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MrsOwens User ID: 7095603 59811
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2013

"Simple and delicious. I used a crockpot as I cannot stand the taste of microwaved meat."

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VictoriaElaine User ID: 3422096 136103
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2013

"I thought the onion soup mix came thru as the dominant taste in these meatballs. Overall, they had a very good flavor & the sauce was tasty - sweet, but not overly sweet. I don't like making things in the microwave, so I baked the meatballs in the oven at 350 for 20 minutes, & made the sauce on the stovetop."

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