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    Mini-Meatballs in Cranberry Sauce

    Mini-Meatballs in Cranberry Sauce. Photo by Ann S

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    1 hr 50 mins

    20 mins

    1 hr 30 mins

    Mirj's Note:

    These cute little meatballs go very quickly at holiday gatherings.

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    1. 1
      In a large bowl, combine the ground meat, bread crumbs, parsley, eggs, garlic, onion powder, basil and pepper.
    2. 2
      Mix well but do not overwork or meat will become tough when cooked.
    3. 3
      Form into small balls the size of a walnut or smaller.
    4. 4
      Place meatballs in a slow oven of 300 degrees F and bake for 25 minutes.
    5. 5
      In the meantime, in a crock pot set at 325 degrees F, mix together the cranberry sauce (if you so desire, you can use jellied. I prefer the whole berry.) Add remaining sauce ingredients.
    6. 6
      When meatballs are baked, transfer them to the crock pot and stir into the sauce.
    7. 7
      Cook in crock pot for 1 hour.
    8. 8
      Lower heat to keep warm for serving.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 10, 2001


      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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    • on December 28, 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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    • on December 26, 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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    Nutritional Facts for Mini-Meatballs in Cranberry Sauce

    Serving Size: 1 (2001 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 50.5
    Calories from Fat 15
    Total Fat 1.7 g
    Saturated Fat 0.6 g
    Cholesterol 16.8 mg
    Sodium 106.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 5.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
    Sugars 4.2 g
    Protein 3.4 g

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    challah bread crumbs

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