Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs

Ready in 45 minutes

These are so addictive, it will be hard to tear your guests away from these.

"Recipe's similar to this one have been circulating for years. These are very good but I remember when I was little my mother would throw parties for her friends and make a similar recipe that called for grape jelly instead of the cranberry sauce. So, I just thought I'd throw that out there for anyone looking to experiment. Try using a different sweet element. I'm thinking of trying blackberry jelly w/ lime juice instead of the lemon juice. Experiment and find what flavor you like best. Have fun!"

- kcarterd84

Top-ranked recipe named "Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs"

4.7 avg, 21 review(s) 85% would make again


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2 lb Ground beef
1 cup Cornflake crumbs
2 Eggs
1/2 cup fresh parsley; chopped
1/3 c Ketchup
3 tbsp onions; Minced
2 tbsp Soy sauce
3 cloves Garlic; minced
1 tsp Pepper
1 16-oz can jellied or whole cranberry sauce
1 12-oz can Chili sauce
1 tbsp Brown sugar
1 tbsp Lemon juice

Original recipe makes 20



In a large bowl, combine ground beef, cornflake crumbs, parsley, eggs, ketchup, onion, soy sauce, garlic and pepper. Mix well and form into small balls, from 1/2" to 3/4" in diameter. Place in a large sheetpan in a single layer. Heat oven to 300 F and bake for 30-45 min, depending on the size of the meatballs. Drain grease from pan when done and transfer meatballs to a crockpot..

While meatballs are cooking, combine cranberry sauce, chili sauce, brown sugar and lemon juice in a large sauce pan. Cook stirring over medium heat until smooth. Pour hot sauce over meatballs in the crockpot, stirring occasionally. Keep warm on low in the crockpot until serving time.


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I used 1 lb Turkey and 1 lb Beef and Planko instead of corn chips. Thumbs up form all
SaraC25 2 months ago
Made these for my daughter's birthday party and everyone LOVED them! I used 3.25 lbs of beef so I increased the meatball ingredients by a little more than half and doubled the sauce. I ended up with 196 3/4 inch meatballs (perfect size to pop in your mouth without cutting). while I agree could use frozen, the meatballs were really good and given that the sauce is so easy why cut corners to manage time. Make them ahead and freeze if needed they are much tastier than the frozen ones
Lcrespy 11 month ago
Very good. Nice change of pace from the typical grape jelly recipe.
bertjones 1 year ago
Very good , I didn't have chilli sauce but I had fresh chilli peppers an BBQ sauce kids loved it
Porsche1712 1 year ago
ryoncollier 1 year ago
ambrarecipes 1 year ago
I make this recipe w/ Frozen Swedish meatballs ( I personality think it tastes better then the frozen Italian ones w/this sauce) and I only add a jar or chili sauce and a can of cranberry sauce simple easy and delicious!!
Coriejeanne 1 year ago
I made these to take to a fundraiser and everyone kept asking me for the recipe.
sprgrtiger 2 years ago
These were very good, thanks for sharing !
CookingPassion 2 years ago
In the process of making a double batch, one for book club and one for the family. Does anyone know how well the meatball part freezes?? Thanks!
With3cs 3 years ago
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