Cranberry-Sauced Meatballs

Created By: Better Homes and Gardens
Difficutly: very easy
Time: 30 Min
Portion: 1 serving

  • 1  egg
  • 1/2  cup seasoned fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2  cup dried cranberries, snipped, or golden raisins, snipped
  • 1/4  cup finely chopped onion
  • 1  teaspoon salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon ground cloves or allspice
  • 2  pounds uncooked ground chicken or turkey
  •   Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1  16-ounce can jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1  cup bottled barbecue sauce
  • Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. For meatballs, in a very large bowl, beat egg with a fork. Stir in bread crumbs, dried cranberries or raisins, onion, salt, and cloves or allspice. Add ground chicken or turkey; mix well. Shape into 60 meatballs.

    2. Lightly coat a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place meatballs in pan.

    3. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until done (165 degrees F).*

    4. Meanwhile, in a 3-1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker, stir together cranberry sauce and barbecue sauce. Add cooked meatballs, stirring gently to coat. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 2 to 3 hours or on high-heat setting for 1 to 1-1/2 hours. (Meatballs may be kept warm on low-heat setting for up to 1 hour more.) Serve with toothpicks. Makes 60 meatballs.

    Make-Ahead Directions: Prepare meatballs as directed through step 2. Cover and chill for up to 24 hours. Continue as directed in steps 3 and 4, using the maximum timings to bake and to heat in slow cooker. *Note: The internal color of a meatball is not a reliable doneness indicator. A poultry meatball cooked to 165 degrees F is safe, regardless of color. To measure the doneness of a meatball, insert an instant-read thermometer into the center of meatball.

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