Cranberry Meatballs

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Cranberry Meatballs

Yield: 4 dozen or so

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 20 min

The sauce is what makes these delicious. It's addicting...

Ingredients:

2 pounds ground beef (don't get any less than 10% fat)
2 large eggs
1/3 cup dried breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 (16 ounce) can jellied cranberry sauce
1 (12 ounce) jar chili sauce
1/4 cup orange marmalade
1/4 cup water
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes

Directions:

1. Combine first 8 ingredients (through thyme) in a large bowl. Shape mixture into about 50 (1-inch) balls.

2. Cook meatballs, in batches, in a large skillet over medium-high heat until browned (about 5 minutes); remove meatballs from pan, and drain well on paper towels.

3. Stir together cranberry and chili sauces and remaining ingredients in a large Dutch oven over medium heat, and cook, whisking occasionally, 5 minutes or until smooth. Add meatballs; reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring occasionally, 15 to 20 minutes or until centers are no longer pink.

Tips:

*Bottled chili sauce is found in your market near the ketchup.
*To make ahead, place cooked meatballs in a zip-top plastic freezer bag, and freeze up to 1 month. Thaw in refrigerator, and cook, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly heated.

Source: www.RecipeGirl.com (via Southern Living