Cranberry-Sauced Meatballs

The meatballs for this appetizer recipe can be made ahead and then baked and added to the slow cooker with the sauce before guests arrive.



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Ingredients
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    egg
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    1/2  cup 
    seasoned fine dry bread crumbs
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    1/2  cup 
    dried cranberries, snipped, or golden raisins, snipped
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    1/4  cup 
    finely chopped onion
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    1   teaspoon 
    salt
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    ground cloves or allspice
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    2   pounds 
    uncooked ground chicken or turkey
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    Nonstick cooking spray
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    1  16  ounce can 
    jellied cranberry sauce
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    1   cup 
    bottled barbecue sauce

Directions
1.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. For meatballs, in a very large bowl, beat egg with a fork. Stir in bread crumbs, dried cranberries or raisins, onion, salt, and cloves or allspice. Add ground chicken or turkey; mix well. Shape into 60 meatballs.
2.
Lightly coat a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place meatballs in pan.
3.
Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until done (165 degrees F).*
4.
Meanwhile, in a 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker, stir together cranberry sauce and barbecue sauce. Add cooked meatballs, stirring gently to coat. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 2 to 3 hours or on high-heat setting for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. (Meatballs may be kept warm on low-heat setting for up to 1 hour more.) Serve with toothpicks.
Note
  • *Note: The internal color of a meatball is not a reliable doneness indicator. A poultry meatball cooked to 165 degrees F is safe, regardless of color. To measure the doneness of a meatball, insert an instant-read thermometer into the center of meatball.
Make Ahead Tip
  • Make-Ahead Directions: Prepare meatballs as directed through step 2. Cover and chill for up to 24 hours. Continue as directed in steps 3 and 4, using the maximum timings to bake and to heat in slow cooker.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 45, Fat, total (g) 1, chol. (mg) 4, carb. (g) 5, pro. (g) 3, sodium (mg) 107, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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