Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs

SWEET & SPICY CRANBERRY COCKTAIL MEATBALLS are the perfect holiday appetizer! Cooked in a cranberry pepper jelly sauce; SO delicious! The best Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years Eve appetizer!

SWEET & SPICY CRANBERRY COCKTAIL MEATBALLS are the perfect holiday appetizer! Cooked in a cranberry pepper jelly sauce; SO delicious! The best Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years Eve appetizer!

SWEET & SPICY CRANBERRY COCKTAIL MEATBALLS are the perfect holiday appetizer! Cooked in a cranberry pepper jelly sauce; SO delicious! The best Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years Eve appetizer!

Holiday appetizers, MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE TYPE OF FOOD ON THIS EARTH. You guys know I just love my dips, apps, and any type of finger food. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years are the absolute best time to try new appetizers. There are so many parties with family and friends, and delicious sharable foods are a must! These Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs are my new favorite. SO much flavor, way too easy, and ultra delicious. YUM! Mom came over and made me some of these and I just could not get enough. I knew I had to share the recipe with all of you! So buckle up, prepare your holiday grocery list, and get excited for MEATBALLS!

SWEET & SPICY CRANBERRY COCKTAIL MEATBALLS are the perfect holiday appetizer! Cooked in a cranberry pepper jelly sauce; SO delicious! The best Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years Eve appetizer! SWEET & SPICY CRANBERRY COCKTAIL MEATBALLS are the perfect holiday appetizer! Cooked in a cranberry pepper jelly sauce; SO delicious! The best Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years Eve appetizer!

I’ve always loved pepper jelly, and it adds just enough zip to these Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs. They don’t have a strong cranberry taste, but its just enough. Just enough spice and just enough sweet. Sure to please anyone and everyone at your holiday party! I’m already getting excited just thinking about all the food!

SWEET & SPICY CRANBERRY COCKTAIL MEATBALLS are the perfect holiday appetizer! Cooked in a cranberry pepper jelly sauce; SO delicious! The best Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years Eve appetizer! SWEET & SPICY CRANBERRY COCKTAIL MEATBALLS are the perfect holiday appetizer! Cooked in a cranberry pepper jelly sauce; SO delicious! The best Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years Eve appetizer!

If your’e having a Thanksgiving, Christmas, or NYE party this year, Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs are simply an absolute must. You can’t have a holiday get together without meatballs! It’s the American way! :) This version is just a great flavor combo for Fall/Winter, and I hope you love them as much as we do. I know they’ll be on our holiday table…for a few minutes at least. These don’t last very long around Pat!

Enjoy!

Serves 20-24

Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs

20 minPrep Time

1 hr, 30 Cook Time

1 hr, 50 Total Time

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Ingredients

    For the Meatballs:
  • 2 lbs. ground chuck
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons Sweet Chili Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion, opt.
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • For the Cranberry Pepper Jelly Sauce:
  • 10 oz. jar Hot Pepper Jelly
  • 12 oz. jar Chili Sauce
  • 8 oz. can Jellied Cranberry Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • juice from ½ lemon

Instructions

    For the Meatballs:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground chuck, breadcrumbs, eggs, chili sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, onion and salt. Mix until all ingredients are incorporated but do not overwork the mixture or the meatballs will be tough.
  3. Form into 1½ inch meatballs and place on the prepared baking sheet. Leave at least 1-inch space between meatballs.
  4. Cook at 350F for 10 minutes then turn each meatball over. Cook another 10-15 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through. Remove from oven.
  5. *While meatballs are cooking, prepare the sauce.
  6. For the Sauce:
  7. In a large skillet over LOW heat, combine all sauce ingredients. Stir until well blended then remove from heat until the meatballs are ready.
  8. When meatballs are cooked, place them in the sauce in the skillet and simmer for 1-hour or until sauce has thickened.
  9. ENJOY!
  10. *The meatballs and sauce can simmer on HIGH in a slow-cooker for the last hour.
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Calories
132 cal
Fat
3 g
Carbs
17 g
Protein
10 g


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Odessa Stotler
Love your recipes. They're easy and you dont have to buy lots of forvisl ingredients! Looking forward to you COOKBOOK!
    Becky Hardin
    Aw thank you!! That's the best kind of comment to ever receive. A cookbook might happen someday, I would love that!
Edgar
Thanks for the recipe! It really looks great!
Anne Puls
Love you images! They are amazing. The meatballs look so delicious! I will try it this weekend.
Shelly
For the chili sauce in the recipe, are you referring to the tomato based bottled chili sauce, like you would use to make cocktail sauce for seafood? Trader Joes also makes a sweet chili sauce that is more of a liquidy pepper jelly. Which type do you mean?
    Becky Hardin
    Hey Shelly, we used this sauce: https://jet.com/product/detail/2a1daaf04fc24fdf9ec61cc776cbc312?jcmp=pla:ggl:a_jd_cons_gen_food_beverages_tobacco_a3_b1:food_items_condiments_sauces_hot_sauce_a3_other:na:PLA_648191734_39624894304_pla-154139722140:na:na:na:2&code=PLA15&gclid=CPn878iJxdACFek8MgodEnUJXw&gclsrc=ds
    Juana
    Can’t you make them in a crockpot? And what kind of chili sauce do you use?
Maria
I couldn't find pepper jelly. Will it turn out okay if I don't use the pepper jelly?
    Becky Hardin
    The taste would be much sweeter, less spicy, but would still probably be tasty. Usually pepper jelly can be found at the grocery store but he pb and jelly. Hope you love them either way!
Linda
WhT kind of pepper jelly? Tabasco makes a spicy pepper jelly or there was jalapeño pepper jelly. Too many options, what did you use?
    Becky Hardin
    We used red pepper jelly, but if you prefer the taste of jalapeños that would also work! Basically you just want that combo of sweet and spicy. Enjoy!
Char
Can i make the sauc a day or two ahead and put meatballs in to simmer the day I serve them.
Top 10 Temples
This sounds great.
Adam
Made these for my daughter's first birthday today- the theme was sugar and spice. They were awesome. Multiple people asked me for the recipe!
aget
Love your images! They are amazing. The meatballs look so delicious! I will try it this weekend.
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