cranberry meatballs

★★★★★ 3
a recipe by
Vivian Queen-Chase
Benton, AR

Back in the '60s, our gas company put on what they called their Holiday Cooking show. This is adapted from one of those shows. We tried it that holiday season and it's been on our tables ever since. This is one of those recipes that become a tradition.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Fantastic meatballs with a holiday flair. Using a combination of beef and pork for the homemade meatballs gave them a wonderful flavor. The seasonings are subtle but keep the meatballs from being plain. The slightly sweet and full of tang sauce is what makes these special. Chili sauce and cranberry sauce are amazing together. We could not stop eating these. They're easy to throw together and perfect for any holiday event.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 3
prep time 35 Min
cook time 45 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For cranberry meatballs

  • 1 1/2 lb
    ground beef (80-20 or 90-10)
  • 1/2 lb
    pork suasage
  • 1/4 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1 tsp
  • 2 slice
    white bread, crumbled
  • 2
    eggs, beaten
  • 1 md
    onion, chopped
  • 1/4 c
    dried parsley flakes
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 can
    jellied cranberry sauce, 14 oz.
  • 1 jar
    chili sauce (I use 12 oz jar Heinz)
  • 3 Tbsp
    brown sugar, packed
  • 1 Tbsp
    lemon juice

How To Make cranberry meatballs

  • Meatball ingredients in a bowl.
    Combine all meatball ingredients and mix well.
  • Meatballs formed and placed in a baking dish.
    Form into walnut-size balls. Place a single layer in a 9"x13" pan or baking dish. It will be full.
  • Stirring sauce ingredients in a saucepan.
    Place all sauce ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat until melted, stirring to combine.
  • Sauce poured over the meatballs.
    Pour sauce over meatballs.
  • Meatballs baking in the oven.
    Place in a preheated 350* oven UNCOVERED for 45 min.
  • A bowl of Cranberry Meatballs.
    NOTE: These are wonderful to make ahead and reheat or freeze after they are cooked. You can make small meatballs and serve with toothpicks at a party or just make the meatballs and use them with your own spaghetti sauce or gravy. I'd give them 10 stars.