Lip-smacking Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs #SundaySupper #Appetizer

[ 42 ] December 16, 2012 |

Happy #SundaySupper friends! I hope you have had your coffee or tea because you are in for a party planning spectacular today! This week, the #SundaySupper crew is sharing our favorite drinks and appetizers to hopefully get your own party planning mojo flowing.  I’m kicking things off with these super easy and totally scrumptious, Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs.

I also have to laugh about sharing this recipe.  I came home from work one evening to these sweet and saucy meatballs as dinner because DH found a bag of regular sized prepackaged meatballs left in our freezer.  He decided what the heck, serve them over rice, add a veggie and dinner is done.  He’s a resourceful one, that husband of mine.

1 14-ounce can Ocean Spray® Jellied Cranberry Sauce
1 12-ounce bottle Heinz® Chili Sauce
1 2-pound bag frozen, pre-cooked, cocktail-size meatballs

1. Combine sauces in a large saucepan.
2. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring until smooth.
3. Add meatballs, and cover and cook for 15 minutes or until meatballs are heated through, stirring occasionally.

For Cooking in Crock Pot:
1. Place the meatballs in the slow cooker.
2. Combine sauces and pour over meatballs.
4. Cover and cook 4 hours on HIGH.

This recipe could not be any easier due to using pre-made cocktail sized meatballs. You can absolutely make your own meatballs instead of pre-made, but when I am prepping for a party, time is at a premium people. I cut corners where I can. You can find the original recipe HERE on the Ocean Spray site.

DH made a good call for dinner. The meatballs were tender, and there was plenty of sauce in the crock pot to enjoy them over the rice. Now I am determined to try them in cocktail size and serve them for a holiday get together. This week there is a plethora of incredible recipes to try for your next party. Get your copy and pasting fingers (or printer) ready, because you won’t want to waste any time snagging them for yourself! I know I have already bookmarked a ton!

Holiday Cocktails

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In honor of the Sandy Hook victims and their families, we have cancelled our regularly scheduled #SundaySupper Chat this week.

Let this be a time when we renew our faith in the power of love and realize the importance of time with our families.

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Happily married with two children, Karen does not hesitate to rebuff her family’s hungry advances at mealtime, while she styles and photographs their dinner to share on Instagram before serving them. In The Kitchen With KP is full of family friendly adventures around Atlanta (and beyond), plus simple recipes everyone can feel comfortable trying. In fact, her whole family participates in the cooking/baking fun on a regular basis.

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  1. Renee says:

    Serving the meatballs over rice is something I never thought of before. Nice idea to have it for dinner instead of an appetizer.
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  2. Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious
    Twitter: shockinglydlish

    I like serving them for dinner! Great idea!
    Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious recently posted..Prosciutto Goat Cheese Rolls with Fig Preserves and Arugula for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  3. We make these every year. They’re one of our faves! YUM!
    Jen @ Juanita’s Cocina recently posted..Fried Green Beans with Wasabi Ranch ~ #SundaySupper Christmas Apps & Drinks Party!My Profile

  4. I need some of these meatballs now! But I don’t think my husband would eat them. He doesn’t like cranberries unless they are baked into a sweet bread. But I could make them for me!
    Arlene@FlourOnMyFace recently posted..Holiday Drinks and Appetizers #SundaySupper Homemade EggnogMy Profile

  5. This is certainly an innovative way to use meatballs and cranberries. So creative Karen!
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  6. Tara says:

    I have had these before and loved them. So great for the holidays!!
    Tara recently posted..Cherry Bomb for Holiday Drinks and Appetizers #SundaySupperMy Profile

  7. Really creative!! And the red and white of the meatballs on the rice, thanks to the cranberry sauce, is perfect for the holidays!!
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  8. Katie
    Twitter: SheLikesRuffles

    Ooh, cranberry with the meatballs – that’s a great idea, and a tasty flavor combo! Yum!
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  9. Christi-TX
    Twitter: christinahardi3

    I never thought of ever having these meatballs for any meal, just as an appetizer Great idea, maybe I’ll surprise the family tomorrow.

  10. Bea
    Twitter: beatepdx

    What a nice DH you have :) – Anything meatball sounds great to me.
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  11. Sarah
    Twitter: jo_jo_ba

    Wow! This would be dinner for us for sure, yum

  12. rebeka deleon says:

    i love putting meatballs in a slow cooker.i don’t think i have any chili sauce though!!!

  13. Interesting combo I’d like to try it!
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  14. I love meatballs, they are a definite favorite. These look delicious!
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  15. I love serving meatballs as an appetizer and with all of these new recipes to try from this Sunday Supper I think I might have more then one kind served at my New Years Eve party.
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  16. Stephanie Larison says:

    Wow these look amazing! My grandma used to make meatballs like this, I’m going to try this and see if they’re similar. Yum!

  17. alena svetelska says:

    wow I love this recepie,I have never personally tried meatballs with rice,But i will definetly try it tonight for dinner….Yum

  18. Megan
    Twitter: irun4wine

    YUM! I did meatballs this week too. It is so fun to see the different variety out tehre.
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  19. Conni Smith says:

    Meatballs make such wonderful appetizers!
    Conni Smith recently posted..Drunk Moose Meatballs | It’s a #SundaySupper Holiday EventMy Profile

  20. Soni says:

    Love meatballs and this easy version sounds perfect for any occasion :)Love it!
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  21. Nancy @ gottagetbaked
    Twitter: gottagetbaked

    Props to your husband for creating something this easy and delicious! I have no problem with using frozen meatballs, especially for when I’m low on time and energy. Happy holidays!
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  22. Hezzi-D
    Twitter: HezziD

    YUm! I like the sound of the cranberry in with the meatballs…very festive!

  23. Tara says:

    I don’t really like cranberry but this recipe sounds ober good
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  24. Tammi Bivans says:

    Thanks for the delicious recipe! I am going to try it this year!

  25. These sound delicious I will have to try these soon.
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