Cape Cod Cocktail Meatballs

Cape Cod Cocktail Meatballs

Robin Myshrall Ulery 2

"These cocktail meatballs are perfect for a Christmas, New Year's Eve, or any party that you want to impress. They are the first appetizer to go, and everyone wants the recipe. The recipe originated in Cape Cod (cranberry country). Bon appetit!"


1 h 20 m servings 168 cals
Serving size has been adjusted!

Original recipe yields 20 servings



  • Calories:
  • 168 kcal
  • 8%
  • Fat:
  • 6.2 g
  • 10%
  • Carbs:
  • 19.2g
  • 6%
  • Protein:
  • 9.4 g
  • 19%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 46 mg
  • 15%
  • Sodium:
  • 371 mg
  • 15%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Mix ground beef, bread crumbs, parsley, eggs, grated onion, soy sauce, and garlic powder in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Pinch off about 2 teaspoons of meat mixture per meatball and roll into small meatballs. Arrange meatballs in a large, deep baking dish.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until meatballs are browned, about 25 minutes. Drain excess grease.
  4. Combine jellied cranberry sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, and lemon juice in a saucepan and place over medium heat. Stir the sauce until cranberry sauce has melted and brown sugar has dissolved.
  5. Pour the sauce over meatballs and bake until sauce forms a glaze and meatballs are no longer pink inside, 25 to 30 more minutes.
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  1. 26 Ratings


These meatballs are the best EVER! I've been making them for over 3 decades and they have always been a hit. Always the first appetizer to go! The vibrant color alone make it a perfect appeti...

I thought these were fantastic and everyone at the party raved about them. The only changes I made were fewer bread crumbs-about 1/2-3/4 of a cup in the meatballs-always depends on the fat conte...

These were great! I would never have thought to use canned cranberry sauce for a meatball sauce. Glad I did!

I really didn't like them. It was a disappointment as I took them to a buffet for Christmas. People said they were good tho'. I won't make them again. I did make them as written in the recip...

The recipe was good, but too sweet for me.

I made the meatballs larger so I could serve it as a supper and it was very good. Very moist meatballs, sauce just had a touch of sweetness and was very good served with rice. I would definitely...

Great Recipe! Love the cranberry, much better than jelly that I've had in other cocktail meatballs.

This was a Recipe Group selection. I made these meatballs larger and served with white rice for dinner. I really liked the sauce and would give it a 5; I used whole berry sauce. However, my whol...

These were very good! I definitely would make these again. They went quick! Delish!