Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs

Cranberry cocktail meatballs are a holiday party staple and this recipe will never let you down. A classic recipe that never goes out of style.

Cranberry cocktail meatballs are a holiday party staple and this recipe will never let you down. A classic recipe that never goes out of style. 

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Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs are a great holiday appetizer - perfect flavours for thanksgiving, christmas and more!

 

Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs

Yields: 45 meatballs

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 14-16 minutes | Total: 31 minutes

Ingredients:

For the meat mixture:

1 pound ground beef
½ onion, minced
¼ cup old fashioned oats (use GF if needed)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 egg
¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon dried parsley

For the cranberry sauce:

1 can whole berry cranberry sauce
1 cup orange juice
1/3 cup honey
½ cup chili sauce
1 teaspoon orange zest
Salt and pepper to taste

Optional: a dash of cayenne pepper

 

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.

Place oats in a food processor and pulse a few times to break them down a bit.

Place all ingredients for the meat mixture in a large bowl. Using clean hands, mix the ingredients – being careful not to overmix as this could result in tougher meatballs.

 

 

Scoop the meat using a rounded teaspoon. Lightly roll into a ball and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until the meat is cooked through.

 

 

Prepare the sauce while the meatballs are cooking. In a small saucepan on medium heat, add cranberry sauce, orange juice, honey and chili sauce. Whisk until the sauce starts to break down and becomes a smooth consistency. Sprinkle in salt and pepper to taste and optional dash of cayenne pepper if desired. Add orange zest and stir.

 

 

Once meatballs are done cooking, place them in your serving dish and pour the sauce over the top to completely coat them. The sauce will thicken as it cools.

 

Freeze Option: Simply allow the meatballs to cool upon removing from the oven. Place them in freezer-safe containers and freeze. When ready to eat – place frozen meatballs on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes or until heated through. Complete steps 4-5 and serve.

 

 

Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs
Ingredients
For the meat mixture:
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ onion minced
  • ¼ cup old fashioned oats use GF if needed
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
For the cranberry sauce:
  • 1 can whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • ½ cup chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: a dash of cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Place oats in a food processor and pulse a few times to break them down a bit.
  3. Place all ingredients for the meat mixture in a large bowl. Using clean hands, mix the ingredients - being careful not to overmix as this could result in tougher meatballs.
  4. Scoop the meat using a rounded teaspoon. Lightly roll into a ball and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until the meat is cooked through.
  5. Prepare the sauce while the meatballs are cooking. In a small saucepan on medium heat, add cranberry sauce, orange juice, honey and chili sauce. Whisk until the sauce starts to break down and becomes a smooth consistency. Sprinkle in salt and pepper to taste and optional dash of cayenne pepper if desired. Add orange zest and stir.
  6. Once meatballs are done cooking, place them in your serving dish and pour the sauce over the top to completely coat them. The sauce will thicken as it cools.
Recipe Notes

Freeze Option: Simply allow the meatballs to cool upon removing from the oven. Place them in freezer-safe containers and freeze. When ready to eat – place frozen meatballs on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes or until heated through. Complete steps 4-5 and serve.

Cranberry cocktail meatballs are a holiday party staple and this recipe will never let you down. A classic recipe that never goes out of style.

 

Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs are a great holiday appetizer - perfect flavours for thanksgiving, christmas and more!

 

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