Cranberry-Glazed Appetizer Meatballs

Cranberry-Glazed Appetizer Meatballs

Cranberries balance the spicy flavour of Old El Paso* Thick N' Chunky Salsa in a fabulous holiday appetizer.
Total Time 1 Hours 10 Minutes
Servings 60

Ingredient List

  • 1 1/2 lbs (750 g) lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp (1 mL) salt
  • 1/8 tsp (.5 mL) pepper
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) Old El Paso* Thick N' Chunky Salsa
  • 1 cup (250 mL) canned jellied cranberry sauce
  • Garnish, if desired
  • 60 fresh cranberries, if desired


  1. Heat oven to 375ºF. In large bowl, stir meatball ingredients until well mixed. Shape into 1-inch balls; place in ungreased 15x10x1-inch pan.
  2. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until meatballs are thoroughly cooked and no longer pink in centre.
  3. Meanwhile, in 3-quart saucepan, stir sauce ingredients until well blended. Heat to boiling over medium heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add meatballs to sauce; stir to coat. Cook over medium heat about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly heated. Thread cranberries on toothpicks; stick toothpicks in meatballs to serve.

Expert Tips

  • Prepare and bake the meatballs up to 24 hours before your party. Cover and refrigerate them. Just before serving, prepare the sauce and heat the meatballs in it.
  • Keep the meatballs warm by serving them in a chafing dish or fondue pot. Provide small forks or cocktail toothpicks for easy eating.