Recipe of the Week: Cranberry Glazed Meatballs
This is a great way to use up that can of cranberry sauce you have in the cabinet. To save time, you can also use pre-cooked, frozen meatballs.
Cranberry Glazed Meatballs
Makes: 60 meatballs
Prep: 30 minutes
Bake: 15 minutes
Cook: 2 to 3 hours (low) or 1 to 1 1/2 hours (high)
1/2 cup seasoned fine dry bread crumbs
1/2 cup dried cranberries, snipped, or golden raisins, snipped
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves or allspice
2 pounds uncooked ground chicken or turkey
Nonstick cooking spray
1 16-ounce can jellied cranberry sauce
1 cup bottled barbecue sauce
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. Makes 60 meatballs.
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.
*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.