These mini party appetizers are cooked in the slow cooker, freeing up the host for other projects. Cranberry sauce adds a touch of sweetness to these treats.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Recipe Summary

30 mins
15 mins
2 hrs
2 hrs 45 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly coat a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.

  • For meatballs, in a large bowl, use a fork to beat egg. Stir in graham cracker crumbs, onion, dried cranberries, milk, and cloves. Add ham and pork; mix well. Shape the mixture into 50 meatballs. Arrange in the prepared pan.

  • Bake for 15 minutes or until done (160F). checking with an instant-read thermometer*.

  • Meanwhile, for sauce, in a medium saucepan stir together cranberry sauce, chili sauce, vinegar, and dry mustard. Cook over medium heat until cranberry sauce is melted, stirring occasionally.

  • In a 3-1/2- to 5-quart slow cooker, combine meatballs and sausage. Pour sauce over mixture in cooker. Cover and cook on high-heat setting for 2 to 3 hours. Serve immediately or keep warm on low-heat setting for up to 2 hours. Serve meatballs and sausage with cocktail picks. Makes 25 servings.


Prepare as directed through Step 3. Place baked meatballs on a tray; cover and freeze for 30 minutes. Transfer meatballs to a freezer bag. Seal, label, and freeze for up to 3 months. To use, transfer frozen meatballs to a 3-1/2-, 4-, or 5-quart slow cooker. Continue as directed in Steps 4 and 5, except cook for 3 hours on the high-heat setting.

Test Kitchen Tip:

Looking at the internal color of a meatball is not the best way to know if it's thoroughly cooked. A beef or pork meatball cooked to 160F or a poultry meatball cooked to 165F is safe, regardless of color. To check the temperature, insert an instant-read thermometer into the center of a meatball.

Nutrition Facts

138 calories; fat 7g; cholesterol 29mg; saturated fat 2g; carbohydrates 13g; mono fat 3g; poly fat 1g; insoluble fiber 1g; sugars 9g; protein 6g; vitamin a 97.2IU; vitamin c 2.4mg; thiamin 0.1mg; riboflavin 0.1mg; niacin equivalents 1mg; vitamin b6 0.1mg; folate 8.1mcg; vitamin b12 0.1mcg; sodium 524mg; potassium 151mg; calcium 10.1mg; iron 0.5mg.