Cranberry Party Meatballs


It’s really close to Christmas and my house is a bit of a mess. I don’t know how it happens, but I can’t seem to keep anything tidy around the holidays. I’ve been busy trying to get in all my last minute shopping, as well as finish up all my work projects so I can have some downtime away from all these electronics for a few days. That has left my house in a bit of chaos. Today I’m working on that massive laundry pile in between writing and photographing.

Right after Christmas we’re planning on heading up to north Florida to see some Family and from there take off to Sugar Mountain with my sister-in-law and her better half. It’s becoming quite a tradition to go skiing every year. We love being able to get away and just chill in the snow, ski on the bunny slopes and go tubing.

cranberry meatballs

But before snow ball fights, tubing and winter fun, we’ve got to get through Christmas and a few get-togethers here. So for tonight’s holiday party, I’m taking these Cranberry party meatballs. You make them just like those party cocktail wieners, but instead of grape jelly, you use cranberry sauce, and instead of wieners, you use tasty Johnsonville meatballs.

To make these, you just simmer meatballs on the stove or in the slow cooker with a can of jellied cranberry sauce and a jar of chili sauce. Then just serve with toothpicks and watch them disappear!

I love this recipe because it’s so simple. You don’t have to be an accomplished chef to pull this one off. You can also find more simple Christmas recipes like this one at Johnsonville.com.

meatballs on white plate

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Yield: Serves 4

Cranberry Party Meatballs

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1 package (24 ounces) frozen Johnsonville® Classic Italian, Three-Cheese Italian or Homestyle Meatballs
1 can (12 ounces) jellied cranberry sauce
1 bottle (12 ounces) chili sauce


In a large saucepan, combine sauces and cook over medium-low heat, stirring until smooth. Add meatballs. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally.

Slow Cooker Preparation: Place meatballs into a slow cooker. In a bowl, combine sauces; pour over meatballs. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours.

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