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Cranberry Meatballs Recipe

Cranberry Meatballs Recipe

Lots of people have asked me to share these family-favorite meatballs, but I knew I had a real winner when my grandmother asked me for the recipe! —Tammy Neubauer, Ida Grove, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:60 servings


  • 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


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Mix first eight 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.
  • 2. In a large skillet, cook and stir sauce ingredients over medium heat until blended. Stir in meatballs; heat through. Yield: 6 dozen.

Nutritional 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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Lin1234 User ID: 7117377 232700
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8368591 231047
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2015

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

heathdave User ID: 1591284 8363
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7499284 10566
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1215236 35744
Reviewed 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!"

Santa O'Neill User ID: 4406277 24493
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2012

"Great recipe. Made it with frozen meatballs and it was still the best ever."

pinksuitcases User ID: 630663 32818
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2012

"I think I was a little heavy-handed with the ketchup, so these sweet little meatballs gave me awful heartburn....but they were so good, I'll make them again! easy too...with ingredients I already had on hand in the pantry. Love that!"

parksville User ID: 1598935 35792
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2011

"I cheated and used 2 lbs frozen Rosini Italian meatballs from Walmart. Cooked in the crockpot for 4-1/2 hours on low. The sauce is terrific and I'll definitely make them again. Any leftovers reheat well in the microwave and are very, very tasty!"

Schmiedt User ID: 3889802 5107
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2011

"Definite crowd pleaser!"

slm500 User ID: 4379059 16652
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2011

"This recipe is to die for. Everyone liked it and it knocked my sisters sweet and sour recipe out of the favorites"

JulieMarae User ID: 5549970 11818
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2011

"These are very good!"

Joanna07 User ID: 2831179 5105
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2010

"I used frozen meatballs, and made the sauce exactly as written. Delicious!!!! My MIL even asked for the recipe, and you know it is good when people want the recipe."

tayrose User ID: 4552806 5104
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2010

"I use 1/2 cup katchup and 1/2 cup BBQ sause, turned out great."

pcinant User ID: 3231537 32699
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2010

"I used regular breadcrumbs and they were delicious!!"

swtlissdrmwvr User ID: 4026485 201242
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"Love the sauce for these meatballs!!! It is so simple and SO yummy! I have even bought the frozen meatballs and thrown it all in the crock pot til they were heated through. So easy if your in a hurry! Every time i make them...we have NO leftovers!"

Jangirl User ID: 1050490 10558
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2010

"I made this for friends, they enjoyed it. I tried this recipe with Ground pork then I tried it with Ground beef...I think I like the beef better. I will make them again."

oklahomacountrygirl User ID: 3899525 5103
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2010

"I made this recipe was excellent. Always looking for new recipe my son on gluten free diet. The kids and hubby loved it. I am going to try make it Italian meatballs next time. Will add garlic and Italian seasoning. Happy Cooking."

nan101nan User ID: 2518689 12970
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2010

"I found these meatballs so tasty & would definately make them again."

Seesa User ID: 3862413 32688
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2010

"Delicious!! Will definitely make this again."

3B3G User ID: 4498376 32682
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2009

"I've used the recipe from scratch and I've used pre-made meatballs and just followed the sauce recipe. Either way they are a huge hit! I do like to make them a day early the flavor really soaks unto the meatballs."

mommyto3boys User ID: 4334632 12419
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2009

"I love the flavor of the sauce!! I used the frozen Italian meatballs from Sam's and baked them in the oven. Mixed the sauce and then combined them in a lg. pot. Less grease from the meatballs that way, too. Delicious!"

strongkat User ID: 1278535 11803
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2008

"I usually make this with frozen meatballs from the grocery but crockpot them in the sauce for about 4 hours. They always come out fabulous with raves from everyone. I've taken them to many parties and they are always gone."

cookinkylee User ID: 996023 11766
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2008

"I love this meatball recipe. I have served it at parties and always get rave reviews. there are never any left over. I usually mix pork and beef; however, I have made this with beef or turkey only for my Jewish friends. Turned out great each way. I usually substitute crushed cheese its and spicey ketchup. Fantastic!"

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