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Ultimate Party Meatballs Recipe
  • READY IN 20 mins

Ultimate Party Meatballs

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"A new twist to a classic party appetizer, these easy to make meatballs are cooked in a cranberry-chili sauce and ready to serve your guests in minutes."

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  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    20 mins


  1. Combine sauces in a large saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring until smooth. Add meatballs. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until meatballs are heated through, stirring occasionally.
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  • Slow cooker Preparation: Place meatballs in a slow cooker. Combine sauces and pour over meatballs. Cover and cook 4 hours on HIGH.
  • Copyright ©2008 Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. and Ocean Spray International, Inc. All rights reserved.
  • Copyright ©H.J. Heinz Company, L.P. 2008. All rights reserved.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 17, 2008

You will never have any left overs when you take these to a party. Great in a slow-cooker. I have been making these for 20+ years. I make my own meatballs 3 lbs. of mixed meat; lamb, pork, and beef. Makes about 48 party meatballs.For the sauce I use: 1 can cranberries, whole Ocean Spray 1 jar Spicy Chili Sauce, Heinz 1 cup Ketchup, Heinz 1/2 cup onion, diced 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 2 tablespoons liquid smoke flavoring 2 cups brown sugar, packed 1 1/2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce 1 cup whiskey, Sour Mash/Bourbon reduced

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 17, 2008

This recipe using the pre-cooked frozen meatballs only gets a 2 star with me. Why use frozen meatballs when it's so easy to make your own. Doing that will raise the recipe up to at least a 4 star recipe.

Nov 17, 2008

My family and I have made something similar for years... Only we've made them with the chili sauce and grape jelly... They are very simple and DELISH!!! Its a request at family gatherings..

Nov 18, 2008

I've been making these meatballs for several years. Sometimes I've made my own meatballs, and other times, when hosting a large event, I've used the more convenient frozen meatballs. Either way, there have never been any leftovers.

Nov 17, 2008

kick this up another notch: 1) Add a little lemon and sugar 2) Simmer for at least an 1 hour until the meatballs are glazed by the sauce. This results in a deep penetration of the sauce flavor into the meat, masking the cheese which often is present in frozen meat balls.

Nov 17, 2008

I give this easy 3 ingredient recipe 5 stars---I made this last Christmas and my guest all raved about--So this Christmas I will double-maybe triple the recipe!

Dec 27, 2010

I made my own meatballs using 2 lbs. ground beef, 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, 2 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs, 2 extra large eggs, salt, pepper, and ground dry parsley. I just incorporate all of it and make balls, spray a cookie tray with Pam and bake at 325 for about 25 minutes, put all in my slow cooker and add this amazing sauce, doubled off course. So good!

Nov 17, 2008

these are the very best meatballs, even kids that are picky eaters love em!!! my family likes them extra saucy so we double the sauce mixture adn put them in the crockpot for a great snackable item!


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  • Calories
  • 106 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 11.7 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 25 mg
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 3.9 g
  • 6%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 5.1 g
  • 10%
  • Sodium
  • 224 mg
  • 9%

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

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