Saturday, November 7, 2015

Cocktail Meatballs with Cranberry Glaze #Recipe @PegCochran

November is here--although it's hard to believe considering the warm weather we've been having in Michigan.  I gather other parts of the country have experienced the same delay in colder temps.  In November our minds turn to all things turkey and cranberry.  (And since I'm working on the third Cranberry Cove, cranberries are definitely on my mind!) I needed an hors d'oeuvre to take to a party (where the hors d'oeuvres pretty much function as a substitute for dinner) so I decided on meatballs in a cranberry glaze that is sweet, spicy and a little hot.

My meatball recipe made a ton of meatballs so I used half for dinner one night and turned them into Swedish meatballs.  The others I took to the party.

Ingredients for Meatballs:
2 lbs. ground beef
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup bread crumbs
2 TBLS parsley flakes
1 onion, chopped
2 TBLS Worcestershire sauce
2 tsps salt
1 tsp pepper

Mix 2 lbs. ground beef with the rest of the ingredients.

Mix ground beef with seasonings, bread crumbs and eggs

Form into meatballs and bake on a parchment lined cookie sheet at 350 degrees until done (time will depend on your oven--check after 15 minutes and then every 5 minutes until meat reaches desired temperature)

Ingredients for Glaze
1 14-ounce can whole cranberry sauce
3 TBLS cider vinegar
2 TBLS orange juice
2 TBLS brown sugar
1 to 2 tsps. sriracha or another hot sauce (I used one teaspoon)
1 TBLS minced fresh ginger
1 TBLS orange marmalade
1/2 tsp salt
freshly ground pepper (about three turns)

Place cranberry sauce in food processor and blend until smooth:

Love that gorgeous color!

Add the cranberry sauce and remaining ingredients to saucepan.  Stir and heat until combined.
Add meatballs to warm glaze and heat through.  Enjoy!



  1. Meatballs in a glaze are always a huge hit at parties. These would be wonderful for holiday parties, Peg!

  2. Tasty (I'm sure) and very attractive, too.

  3. Did you hear about the cranberry spill that shut down one of the two bridges to Cape Cod? I thought of you.