Meatballs with Spicy Cranberry Sauce

I love Party Season. I get to see friends and family and all the familiar faces I don’t see regularly. What I love even more is that we’re all together with food and drink, which makes me love Party Season like nobody’s business.

This year we made a conscious effort to skip the formal seated meal in exchange for party foods that can be passed around and nibbled at will. We find it’s a great way to keep the party mood and conversation flowing.

While I always have cheese, crackers and nuts set out, we wanted to do a quick little meatball with a dipping sauce for the holidays. Of course this recipe works year round, you could easily substitute a different dipping sauce if cranberries aren’t in season.

Meatballs with Spicy Cranberry Sauce

Makes 15 1-ounce meatballs


Spicy Cranberry Sauce

  • 5 oz fresh or frozen cranberries, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 sugar
  • 2 tablespoons diced Jalapeño, seeded or unseeded.


  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over med-high heat, add onion, celery and garlic.
  2. Cook until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in sage and thyme, cooking 1 minute.
  4. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. In a bowl pour the milk over the slice of bread and let soak for a few minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 400˚ F and line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Spray with cooking oil.
  7. In a mixing bowl, mix turkey, onion mixture, salt and pepper.
  8. Squeeze out as much milk as you can from the bread and tear it into pieces over the turkey mixture.
  9. Add lightly beaten egg white and with your hands blend the meat mixture.
  10. Use a 1oz scoop to make 15 meatballs.
  11. Place on prepared baking sheet and place in 400˚ oven for 20 to 25 minutes.
  12. Serve warm with spicy cranberry sauce.

Spicy Cranberry Sauce

  1. Heat water and sugar in a sauce pan over medium high heat until boiling.
  2. Add cranberries and jalapeños, bring back to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until the cranberries have burst, about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool.
  4. Serve room temperature.

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One Response to Meatballs with Spicy Cranberry Sauce

  1. this recipe sounds wonderful, and would be good anytime for get togethers, parties, etc. got to try this one !!!