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Favorite Cranberry Meatballs Recipe

Favorite Cranberry Meatballs Recipe

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. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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. Yield: 4 main-dish servings.

Recipe Note

If Cooking for Two: Freeze half the cooked meatballs for another meal.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 458 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 112mg cholesterol, 1423mg sodium, 63g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 3g fiber), 26g protein.

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Hannah0418 User ID: 1795891 34460
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2012

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

grammadebby User ID: 1015752 17809
Reviewed 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."

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