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These were the most popular appetizer at Thanksgiving! We were having some vegetarians at our Thanksgiving feast, so I made an extra batch of the cranberry sauce and put in the vegetarian (soy) meatballs from Trader Joe's, and that way everyone was happy!

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Fredda December 10, 2001

We really enjoyed this recipe. the sauce has a sweeter taste different than a tomato based recipe, but that was what I was looking for. Excellent flavor and easy to make. I made the meatballs and cooked them the day before. Then, when they cooled, I put them in a baggie in the fridge until the next day. They were wonderful and the leftovers reheated well in the microwave. In fact, they just keep getting tastier!

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Evelyn December 28, 2001

YUM. These were a big hit for our Christmas gathering (so festive!). Used fresh cranberry sauce, and less catsup than was called for (because I didn't have enough) but it worked out fine. Only thing was I didn't realize it called for a crockpot, so I just put it in the oven on low for 20 minutes (until we couldn't wait any longer). They would definately benefit from a slow sit in the sauce though. Thank goodness I got a crockpot for Christmas!!!!

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Gay Gilmore December 26, 2001

Absolutely delicious - they all disappeared within seconds. I must say though that I was feeling lazy when I prepared them, so I just prepared the sauce in a large pot, added 2 cups of water and cooked the meatballs directly in the pot.

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Get Smart December 08, 2002

My family really enjoyed these meatballs. I did make a mistake because I cut the recipe in half thinking that I would have made too many. Silly me next time I won't make the same mistake..

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Janet W December 31, 2001

Although I didn't love these, my guests and husband certainly did! Here's my big caveat on the recipe: 1 1/2 cups of ketchup makes the sauce WAY too ketchup-y! To correct the "error" once I'd already added in the ketchup, I added some cayenne pepper (that gave an extra kick that was good) and also some cranberry relish I had in the fridge. In future, I'd definitely do chili sauce instead of ketchup. Otherwise, the meatballs themselves were delicious and I think I'll make them on their own--or into a meatloaf--another night this week!

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Boo's Chef October 31, 2010

These were amazing!!! I like everything spicy so I added some red pepper flakes! Yum yum yum!

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Miss Gwenie March 10, 2010

Very good sauce. I used frozen meatballs and everyone loved this. (I put the frozen meatballs right into the crockpot with this sauce and they were ready in 4-5 hours on low.) I had to travel with the ingredients so I omitted the brown sugar and lemon juice. It worked fine, but I'd like to try them sometime to see how it adds to the flavor.

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J-Lynn July 08, 2009

This was a big hit for our mid-day snacks on Christmas. I baked the meatballs about a week in advance and flash-froze. I let them thaw overnight in the refrigerator. In the morning, I mixed the meatballs and sauce, and set the crock-pot on low. They were at a perfect temperature after about 3 hours. I used regular breadcrumbs and dried herbs instead of fresh, and the meatballs were still great, although I may add some salt to the meat mixture next time. We served 9 people for midday snacks, and there were only a few cups of meatballs and sauce left. Thanks for sharing!

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Lori in NC December 27, 2008

I will be making this one all the time. Everyone was fighting over the last few!

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RioFrio November 29, 2008
Mini-Meatballs in Cranberry Sauce