There's always that one dish at a holiday party that wins the popular vote. If you're looking for an appetizer that will have your guests asking for the recipe, whip up some one-bite meatballs. From sweet-and-sour to the cranberry-sauced variety, these meatball recipes are about to become a must-have at your parties.

By Allison Miller

I knew I had picked the right guy when I attended my then fiance's family Christmas party. His parents created a beautiful tablescape of appetizers and desserts for his siblings, nieces, and nephews to enjoy. It was a smorgasbord of appetizers and desserts, so much so that I couldn't see the tabletop. It was a beautiful sight for the new girl in the family! As I started down the table to fill my plate, I saw in the center of the appetizers a slow cooker full of my soon-to-be favorite appetizer.

This recipe had been served at holiday parties and other gatherings for years, and I was lucky enough to be marrying into the family where these meatballs would be present. I had no idea what I was in for as I reached for that spoon to dish up. I tried the meatballs, and they've been present at all of our holiday parties ever since. They're perfectly tender with just the right amount of sweet and sour flavors. This recipe even changed the lives of my family when I made them for my parents and siblings. And now these meatballs show up at every one of their parties as well. This recipe is the real deal! And thanks to the slow cooker and only a few ingredients, it is likely to become your new favorite appetizer on all levels. This is the appetizer that always runs out because it's just that good. I may surprise my siblings this year by doubling the batch for our Christmas party.

Cranberry-Sauced Meatballs

These tender turkey meatballs (studded with cranberries) take on a glorious flavor when they're simmered in a snappy cranberry-based barbecue sauce. For a bite-size Thanksgiving feast, serve these crowd-pleasing meatballs alongside our other holiday appetizers.

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Ricotta Meatballs

These ricotta-laced beef meatballs taste like they came right out of a true Italian's kitchen. We cooked them in a homemade marinara sauce with fresh basil and roma tomatoes for the most authentic flavor.

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