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A closeup of homemade beef meatballs, with a cranberry sauce topping on a white plate with a side of fries
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Easy Cocktail Meatballs Recipe

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Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:45 mins
Total Time:1 hr




  • 1 lb ground beef 80-85% lean
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs regular - not seasoned
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 jellied cranberry sauce 14oz
  • 1 bottle chili sauce 12oz
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion


  • In a bowl, mix ground beef, onion, egg, salt, bread crumbs and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Heat skillet on medium heat. Roll meat into balls of about 1 inch in size. and place in skillet.
  • Keep meatballs rolling around in pan with a large wooden spoon or spatula until they are browned. Should take about 5 minutes.
  • Pour chili sauce and cranberry sauce into a medium sized pot and heat on medium. Mix well so that cranberry jelly melts and mixture becomes consistent.
  • Add browned meatballs to the pot with sauce and make sure they're all coated well. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 45 minutes.


Calories: 336kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 332mg | Potassium: 377mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 3mg
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 336kcal