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Cape Cod Cocktail Meatballs Recipe

Cape Cod Cocktail Meatballs

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"These cocktail meatballs are perfect for a Christmas, New Year's Eve, or any party that you want to impress. They are the first appetizer to go, and everyone wants the recipe. The recipe originated in Cape Cod (cranberry country). Bon appetit!"

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Original recipe makes 40 meat balls Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    50 mins

    1 hr 20 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Mix ground beef, bread crumbs, parsley, eggs, grated onion, soy sauce, and garlic powder in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Pinch off about 2 teaspoons of meat mixture per meatball and roll into small meatballs. Arrange meatballs in a large, deep baking dish.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until meatballs are browned, about 25 minutes. Drain excess grease.
  4. Combine jellied cranberry sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, and lemon juice in a saucepan and place over medium heat. Stir the sauce until cranberry sauce has melted and brown sugar has dissolved.
  5. Pour the sauce over meatballs and bake until sauce forms a glaze and meatballs are no longer pink inside, 25 to 30 more minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 24, 2012

These meatballs are the best EVER! I've been making them for over 3 decades and they have always been a hit. Always the first appetizer to go! The vibrant color alone make it a perfect appetizer for the holidays. If I could, I would give them 10 STARS!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 27, 2012

I really didn't like them. It was a disappointment as I took them to a buffet for Christmas. People said they were good tho'. I won't make them again. I did make them as written in the recipe.

Feb 21, 2014

I thought these were fantastic and everyone at the party raved about them. The only changes I made were fewer bread crumbs-about 1/2-3/4 of a cup in the meatballs-always depends on the fat content of the meat; I did add the can of chopped pineapple to the sauce as another reviewer suggested and I think that is a great add-in for this recipe. I put the meatballs in the crock pot when they were done-about medium and I cooked the sauce longer on the stove-about med. heat for 10 mins. or so, stirring continuously. Then I poured the sauce over the meatballs in the crock pot and had them on low for about an hour before serving. These are going to be my go-to appetizer for work parties and other events like that. They are just a bit different so it's not the usual cocktail meatball. They taste great and are pretty easy to make.

Dec 31, 2013

These were great! I would never have thought to use canned cranberry sauce for a meatball sauce. Glad I did!

Jan 11, 2014

The recipe was good, but too sweet for me.

Jan 28, 2013

I made the meatballs larger so I could serve it as a supper and it was very good. Very moist meatballs, sauce just had a touch of sweetness and was very good served with rice. I would definitely do this as an appetizer at a party or potluck!

Feb 02, 2014

Great Recipe! Love the cranberry, much better than jelly that I've had in other cocktail meatballs.

Jan 08, 2014

This was a Recipe Group selection. I made these meatballs larger and served with white rice for dinner. I really liked the sauce and would give it a 5; I used whole berry sauce. However, my whole family thought the meatballs were rather bland and would give them a 3. So I'll call the total recipe a 4. Next time I would double the garlic powder and onion and add some salt and pepper to the meatball mixture. Someone else suggested half sausage, which would also be better.


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  • Calories
  • 168 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 19.2 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 46 mg
  • 15%
  • Fat
  • 6.2 g
  • 10%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 9.4 g
  • 19%
  • Sodium
  • 371 mg
  • 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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