Cocktail Meatballs are the best holiday appetizer! These sweet and spicy cranberry meatballs are cooked in a cranberry pepper jelly sauce, which gives them the perfect kick of flavor. These cranberry sauce meatballs are just so delicious! The best Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve appetizer without a doubt.
- Why We Love This Cocktail Meatball Recipe
- Variations on Cranberry Meatballs
- How to Store and Reheat
- How to Freeze
- Serving Suggestions
- More Appetizer Meatballs We Love
- 5-Star Review
- Cocktail Meatballs Recipe (Cranberry Meatballs)
- Email This Recipe
- Recommended Equipment
- Becky’s tips
- Nutrition Information
Why We Love This Cocktail Meatball Recipe
I’ve always loved pepper jelly, and it adds just enough zip to these cranberry meatballs. They don’t have a strong cranberry taste, but it’s just the right amount. Just enough spice and just enough sweetness.
Variations on Cranberry Meatballs
You can mix up the flavor of these meatballs by using different flavors of jelly. I like the spicy element hot pepper jelly adds to the sauce, but classic grape jelly also works well, and so does apricot! The chili sauce will still provide some heat, making these meatballs a great balance of sweet and spicy.
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How to Store and Reheat
Store leftover cocktail meatballs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat in a saucepan set over medium-low heat until warmed through.
How to Freeze
Freeze cocktail meatballs in an airtight container or Ziplock bag for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
These bite-sized meatballs are made from beef, breadcrumbs, eggs, sweet chili sauce, Worcestershire sauce, minced onion, and kosher salt.
I recommend using 1 egg per pound of meat.
Yes! Use your fingers and a light touch to mix and shape the meatballs so that they do not turn out tough.
I usually plan for 4 meatballs per person. This recipe makes about 40 (1½-inch) meatballs, so it will serve 10.
You sure can! I like the 2-3 bite size of these meatballs, but you can make them 1-inch for a one-bite treat. This recipe will make about 140 (1-inch) meatballs, which is enough for about 24 people!
You sure can! These meatballs are tasty both hot and cold.
More Appetizer Meatballs We Love
- Sheet Pan Party Meatballs
- Grape Jelly Meatballs
- Crockpot Honey Garlic Meatballs
- Crockpot Teriyaki Meatballs
- Baked Turkey Meatballs
- Peruvian Chicken Meatballs
“I have tried many different meatball recipes over the years. I made these last night and they are now my family’s favorite.” – Sherry