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

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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  17 Responses to “Cranberry Party Meatballs”

  1. The+Food+Hunter — December 19, 2014 @ 3:21 pm

    love bite size snacks

  2. [email protected]+Mom — December 19, 2014 @ 4:36 pm

    How fun and easy with only 3 ingredients!

  3. [email protected] — December 19, 2014 @ 11:44 pm

    My wish is for the Christmas fairy to come by, clean my house, do all my work projects and give me 10 days off! I’ll let you know how it goes. 😉

    Meatballs and cranberry sauce sounds heavenly!

  4. Ginny+McMeans — December 20, 2014 @ 12:42 am

    A skiing tradition sounds like a great idea! Love the mix of cranberry sauce and chili sauce too!

  5. Renee+-+Kudos+Kitchen — December 20, 2014 @ 9:55 am

    I love party meatballs! These look so easy and delicious.

  6. christine — December 20, 2014 @ 11:06 am

    I’m pretty picky about frozen meatballs, given my Italian family but I have to say, I have cheated recently and used these Johnsonville ones and they are actually really good. I love the cranberry twist too. Sounds like I might give them a try for our gathering.

  7. Heather+/+girlichef — December 20, 2014 @ 11:35 am

    I love how simple these are – yet so packed with flavor!

  8. I love how simple this looks! Perfect for vacation. 🙂 I hope you have a great time skiing! That sounds like it’ll be a fun time.

  9. Bea — December 20, 2014 @ 4:10 pm

    What a super easy recipe for entertaining. Have fun playing in the snow.

  10. Anonymous — December 20, 2014 @ 4:25 pm

    Until today, my house was a total disaster. There’s always so much going on during the holidays that it’s hard to keep up! These meatballs are something I could snack on at any time of year!

  11. Cookin Canuck — December 20, 2014 @ 4:25 pm

    Until today, my house was a total disaster. There’s always so much going on during the holidays that it’s hard to keep up! These meatballs are something I could snack on at any time of year!

  12. These are the perfect little bites for a party! Sounds great!

  13. Nancy [email protected] — December 21, 2014 @ 8:35 am

    We are headed to the mountains after Christmas as well. Hoping we get some snow while we are there! These are perfect little party treats!

  14. Colleen (Souffle Bombay) — December 21, 2014 @ 6:28 pm

    Oh yum! These are for me! My house isn’t the way I want it either…seems like I start a dozen projects around the holidays all at once.

  15. Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos — December 22, 2014 @ 1:50 am

    These meatballs are always a hit whenever I entertain! I love using the slow cooker for these.

  16. Nutmeg+Nanny — December 22, 2014 @ 8:35 am

    Meatballs are the best party food! They always seem to the first to go.

  17. I love that you used frozen meatballs. I do that all the time and finish them with a great homemade sauce. Yours sounds divine!

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