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a platter of beef cocktail meatballs with cranberry sauce
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4.89 from 9 votes


My husband's famous Schweddy Balls are so good that they will have you stuffing your mouth this holiday season. Bite sized cocktail meatballs with cranberry and chili sauce.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 40 balls



  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef grass fed if available
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley minced
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 onion very small or 1/2 large onion, minced



  • Make some homemade cranberry sauce (make lots because you can use it for all sorts of things).
  • To make the meatballs, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium sized bowl, combine ground beef, egg, parsley, bread crumbs, and diced onion. Use hands to mix until all ingredients are well combined, but try not to over mix. For balls into bite sized balls, about the size of a large walnut, and evenly space on a baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven 25-30 minutes or until nicely browned on top. If making ahead, store in refrigerator in airtight container until ready to serve.
  • To serve as an awesome appetizer, combine cranberry sauce, chili sauce, and lemon juice in a slow cooker. Add meatballs and toss to coat. Turn to low until heated through, then reduce heat to warm to keep warm throughout the night. Recipe easily doubles or triples if you're serving a crowd.


homemade fresh cranberry sauce https://selfproclaimedfoodie.com/fresh-cranberry-sauce/
Serving size based on one meatball.


Calories: 66kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 73mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg