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Favorite Cranberry Meatballs

Although this recipe is perfect for the holiday season, plan to use it all year-round—cranberries add "zing" to menus anytime. And, if you're looking for an appetizer idea, shape the meatballs smaller and serve with party picks.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 10 min.
  • Makes
    4 main-dish servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup crushed saltines
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • Cooked rice or noodles


  • In a bowl, combine first six ingredients. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. Place meatballs on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine cranberry sauce and tomato soup. Heat through. Add meatballs and simmer 10 minutes. Serve with rice or noodles. May also be used as an appetizer.
If Cooking for Two: Freeze half the cooked meatballs for another meal.

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  • Hannah0418
    Nov 23, 2012

    i didn't like the sauce - something about the tomato soup/ cranberry sauce combination was off.

  • grammadebby
    Apr 4, 2011

    This is a great recipe! My whole family loves it. Even my grandchildren. The tangy sauce really adds a lot of flavor to the meatballs. It is so easy to fix. Will fix this again and keep the recipe handy. Thanks for the recipe.

  • 3B3G
    Oct 13, 2009

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