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Paula Deen’s Cranberry Meatballs Recipe

Paula Deen's Cranberry Meatballs

Southern Living Cranberry Meatballs

If you haven’t made these Paula Deen’s Cranberry Meatballs Recipe for Christmas Brunch, you must…This is probably one of my favorite holiday appetizer recipes!

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Paula Deen's Cranberry Meatballs

Paula Deen's Cranberry Meatballs


  • 2 pounds ground chuck
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 16-ounce can cranberry sauce
  • 1 12-ounce jar chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes


  1. Combine first 8 ingredients in a large bowl. Shape mixture into about 54 (1-inch) balls.
  2. Cook meatballs, in batches, in a large skillet over medium-high heat until browned (about 5 minutes); remove meatballs from pan, and drain well on paper towels.
  3. Stir together cranberry and chili sauces and next 5 ingredients in a large Dutch oven over medium heat, and cook, whisking occasionally, 5 minutes or until smooth. Add meatballs; reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring occasionally, 15 to 20 minutes or until centers are no longer pink.
  4. Note: To make ahead, place cooked meatballs in a zip-top plastic freezer bag, and freeze up to 1 month. Thaw in refrigerator, and cook, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly heated.
Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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This Paula Deen’s Cranberry Meatballs Recipe page was last updated on December 04, 2022.

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  1. So lucky you are in some heat. I live in SF, and while I used to live in LA and complained at how warm it was in my apt, I do miss hanivg some good ol’ sunshine and warmth. =)xo,nancy

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