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Cranberry Meatballs

Lots of people have asked me for this recipe, but I knew I had a real winner when my grandmother asked me for it! —Tammy Neubauer, Ida Grove, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    6 dozen


  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup cornflake crumbs
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds ground pork
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 can (14 ounces) jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Mix first 8 ingredients. Add pork; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1-in. meatballs. Place on a greased rack in a 15x10x1-in. pan. Bake until a thermometer reads 160°, 20-25 minutes. Drain meatballs on paper towels.
  • In a large skillet, cook and stir sauce ingredients over medium heat until blended. Stir in meatballs; heat through.

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Nutrition Facts
1 meatball: 58 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 142mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Scott
    Dec 24, 2019

    These are good, but if you want to make this easier and faster, get a small bag of frozen Italian meatballs, a 12 ounce bottle of chili sauce, and a can of jellied cranberry sauce. Throw it all in the crockpot for a couple hours, and bam, ready to eat. You can adjust the spiciness by adding sriracha sauce or more cranberry sauce and less chili sauce.

  • LPHJKitchen
    Oct 22, 2018

    I love cranberry sauce and thought these were great! I used a homemade cranberry sauce and venison meatballs. Overall, the combination was not something we were used to but it was tasty! We might add a bit more spice next time for some heat but otherwise, a great recipe!

  • elaine43
    Nov 21, 2017

    I have been making cranberry meatballs for years,you can use any combination of mixing of the meatballs,but my family likes it spicy and easy to make can cranberry sauce,sriracha sauce and chili powder.I can never make enough of these,I always run out,even if I make more each year,if you like spicy you will enjoy this recipe.

  • annlindblad
    Jun 29, 2016

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  • Lin1234
    Sep 12, 2015

    We were not fans of these meatballs. The sauce was OK, but nothing we enjoyed where I would make it again. Seeing all the rave reviews, my family must just like a different taste than most. The sauce is the main issue. There are much better sauces out there to me, but that is just my opinion!

  • poppadude
    Aug 10, 2015

    EX!!!!!.... This will be my go to recipe for meatballs.... made with no changes ..Thank you for this great recipe....

  • heathdave
    Jan 2, 2014

    These are just delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe. Because of my guests' preferences, I substituted turkey for the pork, and to make things even easier, I used a seasoning mixture in place of the parsley, onion, and salt. (I used Penzey's excellent Fox Point seasoning, and boy did they smell good cooking! I believe I used 2 tablespoons of it.) I made these the day before my party and refrigerated them in the tasty sauce. At first, I was worried that the sauce was too ketchupy, but by the time I reheated the dish in microwave, the flavors had melded and it was perfect. My meatballs did get a bit tough while standing on the buffet heater, but that doesn't have anything to do with the quality of the recipe--next time I would keep them warm over hot water. My guests--young and old--loved them!

  • jackson99559
    Nov 21, 2013

    I just made this last night! It was fast, easy, and VERY VERY VERY Delicious!!! I used Turnkey instead of pork and OMG! I will be making this regularly! Love love love! My boyfriend called me a gourmet chef!

  • Danielleccl
    Aug 19, 2013

    My whole family really liked these meatballs. I did make a few changes to suit our tastes. For the meatballs, I replaced the corn flake crumbs with panko and I used ground beef instead of pork. For the sauce, I replaced the 1 cup of ketchup with 1/2 cup of bottled plum sauce and 1/2 a cup of ketchup. I also used apple cider vinegar since I didn't have lemon juice on hand. I didn't heat the sauce before putting it on the meatballs and cooked them for 25 minutes at 425. They were so delicious!

  • debnbrian
    Jan 28, 2013

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