Thursday, December 26, 2013

Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs | Friday Night Bites

Are you looking for that perfect little bite for the holidays?  If so, I think I may have the perfect answer to your question – Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs.  I found this recipe on Dole’s website and decided to give it a go along with kicking it up a tad.  The result was a perfect little bite for a party.  In fact, I served it at our Annual Ornament Exchange last weekend along with enjoying it the night prior for our Friday Night Bites (just made a tad extra).

I have been a busy entertaining bee this holiday season which suits me just fine.  It simply brings joy to my life to entertain for my friends and family – most importantly seeing the reaction on their faces and the large smile that follows.  I always love having a dinner party on the books to plan and look forward to.  Creating the menus and décor let’s my inner Martha escape and my guests are often the recipients of the creativity that gets unleashed.  It simply makes me happy.

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I jammed packed this month with entertaining plans starting with hosting a Food Blogger Brunch and Cookie Exchange a few weeks ago and followed by last weekends Annual Ornament Exchange Party.  Tomorrow a great long time friend is in town from San Diego and I am hosting our Annual Holiday Party at my house – can’t wait!  Next I need to plan my team lunch that I host each year in January for my direct reports – a full 5 course lunch and gift exchange.  I have kept each menu for the last 10 years and do my best to not repeat menus – I guess I should review and plan over my vacation.

Okay, this weeks Friday Night Bites was both simple and sublime.  I added a bit of garlic and fresh cranberries to the recipe which resulted in a terrific bite of goodness.  Hope your holiday season is wonderful and you have much joy in your life!

Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs

1 Large Can of Jellied Cranberry Sauce
2 Cups Barbeque Sauce
¼ Cup Worcestershire Sauce
1 Cup Fresh Cranberries
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
2 Lbs. Frozen Mini Meatballs (Purchased at Trader Joes)

Add cranberry sauce, barbeque sauce and Worcestershire sauce and minced garlic to a large sauce pan.  Cook over medium heat until well combined.  Add fresh cranberries and bring to a boil and then reduce and simmer. Add the meatballs and let cook through for about 30 minutes. Serve and Enjoy!


  1. What a creative way to spruce up meatballs!! They look fantastic, Lisa!

  2. These meatballs would be so perfect for a NYE party!

  3. A perfect appetizer for this time of year! Definitely want to give these a try, they look fantastic.

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  4. Perfect meaty bites! My mouth is watering. Happy New Year, Lisa - it's a pleasure knowing you and hopefully one day we'll actually meet IRL. I would even fly/drive up for one of your NorCal blogger brunches - really!

    1. Thank you Priscilla! I will let you know when we have our next blogger get together and hopefully you can make it! Happy, Happy New Year to you!!!!

  5. Yum Lisa, you're making my mouth water just thinking about these!

  6. You have been a busy bee and I can see how much you enjoy entertaining. Your friends (me!) really appreciate your talents and always walk away from your home full and very satisfied. I know it would be the same way with these cocktail meatballs. It's been a while since I picked up a bag at TJs. Must add to my list!


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