Cranberry Glazed Meatballs | Morsels of Life

Cranberry Glazed Meatballs

Flavorful, moist meatballs bathed in a tart yet sweet cranberry sauce for a savory contrast.

Morsels of Life - Cranberry Glazed Meatballs - Flavorful, moist meatballs bathed in a tart yet sweet cranberry sauce for a savory contrast.

A recent trip to the grocery store turned out to be both a blessing and a curse. Whole chicken was yet again on sale for rock bottom prices, so I dragged James out as additional muscle to find the largest ones we could and had him haul it back home. I was excited about the idea of cutting up the chicken and putting my meat grinder to work, but the cutting was bitterly long work. Yet born from this was a bounty of ground meat for a fun and quick meatball recipe. Cooking these cranberry glazed meatballs took much less time than expected. The meatballs turned out moist and flavorful - and the cranberry sauce gave it a Thanksgiving feel in the middle of this chilly March. You could also use ground turkey for more a "Thanksgiving-like" experience. :) While I might not recommend hacking up a whole chicken for fresh ground meat if you don't have the time, I would recommend this recipe. Give it a try and enjoy!

Do you usually buy a whole chicken or pre-cut? What's the most efficient way to cut up/debone a chicken?


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Flavorful, moist meatballs bathed in a tart yet sweet cranberry sauce for a savory contrast.

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Yield: 4 servings

Materials:

Mass Weight Volume Number Material Notes
2 cups cranberry sauce
2 slices bread, crumbs
1 egg
1 pound ground meat I used chicken.
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 tablespoon thyme
1/4 cup tofu, mashed or ricotta cheese

Methods:

  1. Gather all materials.
  2. Combine all materials except cranberry sauce.
  3. Form meatballs about an inch in diameter.
  4. Bake at 375F for 15 minutes, until cooked through.


Shared with: Wonderful Wednesday, What's Cookin' Wednesday, Creative Ways, Happiness is Homemade, What's for Dinner?, Over the Moon, Melt in Your Mouth Monday, What'd You Do This Weekend?, #recipeoftheweek



27 comments:

  1. yummy! Those look really tasty. Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays! you are a faithful linker! love it! Really appreciate you stopping by my blog! I’m trying to keep in better touch with my linkers/readers… If you already follow me, please let me know I will find your blog on Bloglovin (I’m transferring my follows there)if you don’t follow in any way, would you consider following via GFC or other method?
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  2. I confess I don't make meatballs very often, but my family LOVES them. These look easy and quick!

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  3. I always like seeing the recipes linked on Tasteful Tuesdays. :) I follow via RSS and I think FB/Twitter. Thanks for stopping by, Emily!

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  4. I'm with you on that! I don't make meatballs often since they take a bit longer than most things I make. However, these meatballs were quick and easy. :)

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  5. These look great! Thanks for sharing at Show Me Your Plaid Monday's!

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  6. Hope you enjoy! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  7. Those sound great! And, really easy, too! My kind of recipe. :)

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  8. Me too! Love those simple and tasty recipes. :)

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  9. So these would be GREAT for a party! I love that you used chicken, too. Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

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  10. I was surprised at how much less fat chicken has! You're right, they'd be great for parties. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  11. What a great idea, both using chicken for the meatballs and then topping with Cranberry sauce. This is one I will have to try.
    Thanks for bringing inspiration to Fridays Blog Booster Party #32
    Kathleen
    Liking this on SU

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  12. I bet it'd work great with turkey too - kinda like a Thanksgiving meatball. :) Let me know what you think once you get to give it a try!

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  13. I have never used ground chicken, but what a wonderful alternative to a meatball! Would love to try your recipe. Pinning to share. Thank you for taking the time to share your recipe with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Have an excellent week!
    ~Laurie

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  14. I just pinned this to my meatballs board. I cannot wait to try it! Thanks!

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  15. We like the lighter flavor of chicken in this meatball, and the cranberry sauce compliments it perfectly. :) Hope you enjoy these meatballs! Let me know what you think once you give these a try. :)

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  16. These look so good! I've never tried chicken meatballs, but these seem very easy to make. And the cranberry sauce would be a wonderful sweet/tart contrast. Thanks for sharing #MerryMonday

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  17. Hope you enjoy it! We really did. :)

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  18. I agree! Sometimes I get tired of eating meat balls made from the same meat, and these meatballs are a great way to switch it up. :) The cranberry sauce does provide a wonderful contrast too!

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  19. What a neat recipe for the holiday season!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  20. It's a fun recipe, isn't it? :)

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  21. Yum!!! You will be the hosts' feature this week on Simple Saturdays Blog Hop! I can't wait to see what you share this week!

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  22. These meatballs sound so good, love the addition of cranberry sauce on top! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

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  23. It really gives these meatballs that extra zing. :) Also a great way to use up leftover cranberry sauce!

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  24. Who doesn't like meatballs? Great recipe - Thanks for sharing on the What's for Dinner link up.

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    1. Meatballs are such fun too! Hope you enjoy this one. :)

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  25. Those look amazing! They remind me of the meatballs that my family has been making for generations! Ours is a Swedish meatball with Lingonberry jam. I imagine it would be similar. That savory/berry combo is to die for!

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    1. Agreed! Savory/berry combo's delicious. :) Lingonberry sounds like a good flavor too. :)

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