Cranberry Meatballs

Cranberry Meatballs prove cranberry sauce isn’t just for the holidays.

Cranberry Meatballs prove cranberry sauce isn't just for the holidays.

If you’re ever in need of a quick appetizer, there’s nothing easier than making BBQ Meatballs! They’re always a crowd favorite and such an easy dish to throw together. Sometimes though, I want to change it up a bit. That’s when this recipe comes in handy. Every time I make them I get rave reviews. We won’t tell anyone it only takes 20 minutes from start to finish to bring these bad boys together.

I usually make meatballs from scratch – these Turkey Meatballs work great – but I’m certainly not opposed to buying them frozen. Sometimes you just need a little life hack, ya know?

Once you have your meatballs all you need to do is make the cranberry barbecue sauce. Combine the cranberry sauce, barbecue sauce and spices in a skillet and bring to a boil. Once the sauce has reached a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, add the meatballs and cook until heated through, about 10-15 minutes. That’s all folks. See how easy that was? Serve them up at your next party and don’t forget the toothpicks.

Cranberry Meatballs prove cranberry sauce isn't just for the holidays.

Cranberry Meatballs

Yield: 55 meatballs

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag (32 oz.) store-bought frozen meatballs (or homemade)
  • 1 can (14 oz.) cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup store-bought barbecue sauce (or my homemade barbecue sauce in this BBQ Meatball recipe)
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper

Directions:

  1. Make meatballs according to the package instructions (or according to a recipe like this one).
  2. In a skillet, add the cranberry sauce, barbecue sauce, cumin, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat. Add meatballs and simmer, uncovered, until heated through, about 10-15 minutes.
Cranberry Meatballs prove cranberry sauce isn't just for the holidays.

Jamie Silva

Jamie Silva is the photographer, recipe developer and food writer behind A Sassy Spoon, a recipe blog for home cooks looking to give classic comfort foods a fresh, seasonal and modern twist! When she’s not cooking up a storm or dancing in her kitchen, you can find her exploring cuisine in other cities or unapologetically raiding the cookie jar.