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Easy Cranberry Meatball Recipes

Updated on December 30, 2016
Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs
Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs

Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs

2 hrs to make, serves 20-24

Ingredients

Meat

  • 2 lb Ground chuck

Produce

  • 1/2 Lemon, juice from

Refrigerated

  • 2 Eggs, large

Condiments

  • 2 tbsp Chili sauce
  • 1 12 oz. jar Chili sauce
  • 1 10 oz. jar Hot pepper jelly
  • 1 8 oz. can Jellied cranberry sauce
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Baking & Spices

  • 2 tbsp Brown sugar, dark
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Bread & Baked Goods

  • 1 cup Bread crumbs

Instructions

  1. For the Meatballs:
  2. Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, combine ground chuck, breadcrumbs, eggs, chili sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, onion and salt. Mix until all ingredients are incorporated but do not overwork the mixture or the meatballs will be tough.
  4. Form into 1½ inch meatballs and place on the prepared baking sheet. Leave at least 1-inch space between meatballs.
  5. Cook at 350F for 10 minutes then turn each meatball over. Cook another 10-15 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through. Remove from oven.
  6. *While meatballs are cooking, prepare the sauce.
  7. For the Sauce:
  8. In a large skillet over LOW heat, combine all sauce ingredients. Stir until well blended then remove from heat until the meatballs are ready.
  9. When meatballs are cooked, place them in the sauce in the skillet and simmer for 1-hour or until sauce has thickened.

Cranberry Chili Meatballs

30 mins to make

Ingredients

Gluten free

Condiments

  • 1 bottle Chili sauce
  • 1 can Jellied cranberry sauce

Baking & Spices

  • 3/4 cup Brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Chili powder

Nuts & Seeds

  • 1/2 tsp Cumin, ground

Frozen

  • 1 package Homestyle meatballs, frozen fully cooked

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the first six ingredients; stir until sugar is dissolved. Add meatballs; cook for 20-25 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally.
  2. Editor's Note: To prepare in a slow cooker, heat sauce ingredients as directed. Add sauce and meatballs to a 4-qt. slow cooker. Cook, covered, on low 2-3 hours or until heated through. Yield: about 6 dozen.

Cranberry Chili Meatballs
Cranberry Chili Meatballs
Spicy Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs
Spicy Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs

Spicy Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs

Ingredients

Gluten free

Condiments

  • 1 17-ounce bottle Barbecue sauce, spicy
  • 1 14-ounce can Cranberry sauce, whole

Frozen

  • 2 14-ounce packages Meatballs, frozen

Instructions

  1. Combine sauces over medium heat in a large deep skillet and cook until bubbly.
  2. Add meatballs in a single layer and stir to coat completely. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook until meatballs are heated through; about 15 minutes for frozen.
  3. Remove cover and continue to cook for several minutes, stirring occasionally, until sauce is reduced and completely coating the meatballs.
  4. Serve on their own as an appetizer, or as a main dish over rice.
  5. For slow cooker method, place meatballs in the slow cooker and pour sauces over. Stir ingredients together and cook on low for a few hours or until ready to serve. Stir again just before serving.

Apple Cranberry Turkey Meatballs

30 mins to make, makes 24-28 meatballs

Ingredients

Meat

  • 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey, lean

Produce

  • 1 cup Apple, tart
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Onion powder
  • 1 Orange, Zest of
  • 1 Parsley, fresh
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Simply roundy's fresh sage

Refrigerated

  • 1 Egg, large

Canned Goods

  • 1/4 cup Applesauce, unsweetened

Condiments

  • 1 cup Berry cranberry sauce, whole
  • 2 tbsp Simply roundy's pure maple syrup

Baking & Spices

  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp Kosher salt

Oils & Vinegars

  • 1 tbsp Olive oil, extra virgin

Bread & Baked Goods

  • 1/2 cup Breadcrumbs, plain

Drinks

  • 1 tbsp Orange juice, freshly squeezed

Directions:

  • Place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place an ovenproof baking rack on top of a large, rimmed baking sheet, then lightly coat with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the turkey, breadcrumbs, olive oil, egg, apple, sage, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. With your hands or two forks, lightly mix to combine, being careful not to compact the meat.
  • Roll the mixture into 1 1/2 to 2-inch balls, using a small scoop to help portion as desired. Arrange the meatballs on top of the prepared baking rack. Bake in the oven for 12-14 minutes, just until cooked through.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the sauce: In a saucepan large enough to hold the meatballs, combine the cranberries, applesauce, maple syrup, orange zest, and orange juice. Heat over medium to warm through. Add the cooked meatballs to the sauce, then spoon the sauce over gently to coat. Transfer to a serving platter to enjoy immediately or place in a slow cooker set to the lowest heat to keep warm. Garnish with fresh parsley as desired and serve.

Cranberry meatballs
Cranberry meatballs

Meatballs

30 mins to make

Ingredients

Meat

  • 1 1/2 lbs Ground beef, lean

Produce

  • 1/4 cup Cranberries, dried
  • 3 tbsp Onion
  • 2 tbsp Parsley, fresh

Refrigerated

  • 2 Eggs

Canned Goods

  • 1/2 cup Beef broth
  • 1 envelope Onion soup mix

Condiments

  • 1 can Berry cranberry sauce, whole
  • 3/4 cup Ketchup

Baking & Spices

  • 3 tbsp Brown sugar

Oils & Vinegars

  • 2 tsp Cider vinegar

Bread & Baked Goods

  • 1/2 cup Bread crumbs, seasoned

Directions

  1. In a bowl, combine eggs, soup mix, bread crumbs, cranberries and parsley. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls; place 12 to 14 balls on a microwave-safe plate. Cover with waxed paper; microwave on high for 2-3 minutes or until no longer pink. Remove to paper towels to drain. Repeat with remaining meatballs.
  2. In a 2-qt. microwave-safe dish, combine sauce ingredients. Cover and microwave on high for 3-4 minutes or until heated through, rotating once. Gently stir in meatballs. Cover and cook on high for 1-2 minutes or until heated through. Yield: about 3 dozen.

Cocktail Meatballs

33 mins to make, makes 48 meatballs

Ingredients

Meat

  • 2 lb Ground beef, lean

Produce

  • 1/2 Onion, small

Refrigerated

  • 2 Eggs

Condiments

  • 10 oz Apricot preserves
  • 2/3 cup Barbecue sauce
  • 12 oz Chili sauce
  • 3/4 cup Grape jelly
  • 14 oz Jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups Ketchup
  • 6 Sauce

Baking & Spices

  • 1 tsp Pepper

Bread & Baked Goods

  • 1/2 cup Bread crumbs

Frozen

  • 2 lbs Meatballs, frozen

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together all meatball ingredients just until combined. Form into 1" meatballs. Bake for 18-20 minutes (or bake frozen meatballs according to package directions).
  3. Combine sauce ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir until preserves/jelly melts. Allow to come to a boil for 1 minute. Toss with meatballs and allow to simmer on low 10-15 minutes.

Crock Pot Cranberry Meatballs
Crock Pot Cranberry Meatballs

Crock Pot Cranberry Meatballs

Ingredients

Condiments

  • 1 (12 ounce) jar Chili sauce
  • 3 shakes Hot sauce
  • 1 (12 ounce) can Jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) jar Red pepper jelly

Baking & Spices

  • 2 tbsp Brown sugar

Other

  • 1 (32 ounce) bag Farm rich frozen meatballs

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients except for meatballs in crock pot.
  2. Add meatballs and stir to coat them well. Put in crock pot on LOW for 6-8 hours or HIGH for 2-2½ hours.

Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Meatballs (Slow Cooker)

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

Meat

  • 2 tbsp Franks buffalo hot wings sauce
  • 2 lbs Ground beef, lean

Produce

  • 2 1/2 tsp Ginger, ground
  • 1/3 cup Onion, dry
  • 3 tsp Powdered garlic

Refrigerated

  • 2 Eggs

Condiments

  • 1 14 oz. can Cranberry sauce, whole
  • 1/4 cup Hoisin sauce, quality
  • 1/4 cup Ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Soy sauce

Baking & Spices

  • 2 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt

Oils & Vinegars

  • 2 tbsp Red wine vinegar

Snacks

  • 22 Saltine crackers

Dairy

  • 1/2 cup Milk

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Place a baking rack on top of a baking sheet. Set aside. (If you don't have a baking rack, line baking sheet with parchment paper.)
  2. In a large bowl, combine all of the meatball ingredients, mix until well combined. Roll meat mixture into desired meatball size**. Place meatballs onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  3. Meanwhile, add all of the Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Sauce ingredients starting with just 2 teaspoons hot wings sauce to a bowl and mix to combine. You can add more hot sauce to taste at the end of cooking.
  4. Line the bottom of your slow cooker with meatballs, then a layer of Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Sauce, then the remaining meatballs followed by the remaining. Sauce. Gently stir meatballs an hour after cooking.
  5. Cover and cook on low heat for 2 hours. Taste and stir in additional hot wings sauce (I use a total of 2 tablespoons which is spicy) Keep warm until serving.

Sweet Sriracha Meatballs

2 hrs to make, serves 12

Ingredients

Gluten free

Condiments

  • 1/3 cup Honey
  • 1 can Jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1/3 cup Sriracha

Baking & Spices

  • 1/3 cup Brown sugar

Frozen

  • 2 lbs Meatballs

Instructions

  1. Spray your slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray or rub a thin layer of olive oil along the bottom and sides (I did the latter, as I don't use cooking spray)
  2. Add meatballs to slow cooker and turn on low
  3. Mix together remaining ingredients and pour over the top.
  4. Heat for 2-3 hours stirring occasionally.
  5. Serve warm.

Sriracha Honey Slow Cooker Meatballs

Meat

  • 2 lbs Ground beef, lean

Produce

  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Onion powder

Refrigerated

  • 2 Eggs, large

Condiments

  • 1 cup Honey
  • 1/4 cup Lime juice, fresh
  • 1 cup Sriracha hot chili sauce

Baking & Spices

  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper, fresh ground

Bread & Baked Goods

  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs

Dairy

  • 1/4 cup Milk

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine sriracha, honey and lime juice in a slow cooker on high heat.
  2. In a large bowl add remaining ingredients, except eggs. Stir sriracha sauce in slow cooker until combined. Taste and add additional honey or sriracha as necessary to suit your heat preference. Add 1/4 cup of sauce into meatball mixture, fold mixture together 2 times, then add eggs.
  3. Mix well, do not over mix or you will have tough meatballs. Place a sheet of wax paper (approximately 9"x9") on your countertop. Using a 2 tablespoon scoop, portion out meat and place on wax paper. After all meatballs have been scooped, roll into balls and place them into the slow cooker. Once about half of the meatballs are in the slow cooker, spoon sauce over the tops of them. Continue adding meatballs until they are all in the slow cooker. You may have to layer them, just be sure the bottom layer is thoroughly coated in sauce before you add the next layer.
  4. Reduce heat to low, cover slow cooker and cook for 4-8 hours. Serve and enjoy.

Quick Cranberry Glazed Meatballs

20 mins to make

Ingredients

Gluten free

Produce

  • 1 Green onions

Condiments

  • 1 (14 oz.) can Berry cranberry sauce, whole
  • 1 (12 oz.) bottle Chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Baking & Spices

  • 1/4 cup Brown sugar

Frozen

  • 1 (28 oz.) package Farm rich meatballs

Instructions

  1. Place the meatballs in a large, microwave safe baking dish. Add 1/4 cup water to the dish and cover with a paper towel. Microwave on high power for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large sauce pan or skillet, combine the cranberry sauce, chili sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to simmer.
  3. Remove the meatballs from the microwave and add them to the sauce, stirring to coat evenly. Simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle with chopped green onions before serving, if desired. Serve alone, as an appetizer, or over rice for a quick and easy meal.

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