Recipes and Cooking Cranberry-Sauced Meatballs Appetizer 4.0 (33) 1 Review Tender chicken or turkey meatballs studded with cranberries take on a glorious flavor when they're simmered in a snappy cranberry-flavored barbecue sauce. By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Published on June 14, 2011 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Marty Baldwin Prep Time: 30 mins Cook Time: 2 hrs Bake Time: 15 mins Total Time: 2 hrs 45 mins Yield: 60 meatballs Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 1 egg ½ cup seasoned fine dry bread crumbs ½ cup dried cranberries, snipped, or golden raisins, snipped ¼ cup finely chopped onion 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground cloves or allspice 2 pound uncooked ground chicken or turkey Nonstick cooking spray 1 16 ounce can jellied cranberry sauce 1 cup bottled barbecue sauce Directions Preheat oven to 350°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. Lightly coat a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place meatballs in pan. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until done (165°F).* 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. Tips 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. * 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. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 45 Calories 1g Fat 5g Carbs 3g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Calories 45 % Daily Value * Total Fat 1g 1% Cholesterol 4mg 1% Sodium 107mg 5% Total Carbohydrate 5g 2% Protein 3g *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.