Appetizer Meatballs


I was a tomboy when I was little and I still am. Pink? No thank you. Stilletos and skirts over jeans and a t-shirt? No way. Take me to a baseball or hockey game any day over a trip to the mall.

Instead of doing the typical girly things when I was young, I loved helping my Dad fix and repair items around the house. Instead of getting a mani/pedi, I always preferred grabbing my softball glove and playing catch with my brother in our side yard. When I wasn’t hanging out with friends or doing my homework, I was most likely found at the ice rink, baseball diamond, or track field.

I played sports all the way through high school and even found myself joining softball leagues when I moved to the D.C. area. Luckily, I married a guy who is literally a walking sports almanac. His knowledge about sports and the way he memorizes and remembers games, scores, and plays will forever impress me.

When I’m not watching HGTV or the Food Network, you will most likely find the television filled with ESPN or a game. We’re always trying to escape to Michigan not only to spend time with family and friends but also to head to a Michigan State Football game. If I’m not heading to a football game, then I most likely end up finding myself at Comerica Park attending a Tigers game.

Simply stated: I, and my family, cannot get enough of sports. They are such a huge past time in our lives and we get so excited when big games are being played. We love to host parties to help bring people together over exciting games, finger-licking good food, and delicious cocktails.

The newest addition to my game day spread are these Appetizer Meatballs. With only a few ingredients and simple steps, you will be well on your way to serving up a great appetizer that is perfect for game day!

Appetizer Meatballs


  • 1 (15 ounce) can of jellied Ocean Spray cranberry sauce
  • 1 (12 ounce) jar of Heinz chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeeze lemon juice
  • 16 large meatballs, cooked


  1. Add the cranberry sauce, chili sauce, brown sugar, and lemon juice into a medium crock pot or large saucepan. Whisk together the ingredients until combined.
  2. Add the meatballs into the crock pot or saucepan and toss them into the sauce until completely coated.
  3. Set the crock pot to medium or heat to stovetop heat to medium and simmer for one hour before serving.

What is your favorite appetizer?


  • Reply Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. January 9, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    These look SOO good!!!

  • Reply Robin January 11, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Jen I love your recipes! Thanks for sharing them.

  • Reply Christy January 15, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    gorgeous photo…i did something similar at christmas time with most of the same ingredients…using cranberry jam and a little soy sauce for a savory punch. i pinned this…and am your newest follower :) found you through foodgawker.

  • Reply Simply Tia January 15, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    I am ALL over these meatballs! Yum!

  • Reply Cindy. Lo. January 16, 2012 at 9:45 am

    I feel like I can almost taste the sweetness from the sauce just by looking at the picture!

  • Reply V January 16, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Thel look so great! I could eat the whole bowl myself;) I found you through foodgawker.

  • Reply Eliana January 24, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    I may just need to add these to my super bowl menu. They look too delicious to miss out on.

  • Reply Genêt February 3, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I could go for a bunch of these right now! Great photo too!

  • Reply eqoist February 15, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    O my god, its so appetizing, yam

  • Reply mandycomeaux February 20, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    do u taste the cranberry in this recepie?

  • Reply Janese April 29, 2012 at 5:10 am

    I had these at a party about 15 years ago and have been looking for the recipe ever since! They were so delicious! I can't wait to taste them again!

  • Reply Anonymous August 24, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Have you ever used Little Smokies? I wonder if they would be the same?

  • Reply Junassicpark October 20, 2012 at 2:43 am

    The recipe we use uses currant jelly instead of cranberry sauce. I love cranberries, though, so I'm going to have to try this recipe.

  • Reply Anonymous October 21, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    I have been making these for years thanks to my mom, God rest her soul and they are always the favorite of every party then and now :)

  • Reply FlavoredFlour October 30, 2012 at 3:09 am

    this has been our fave recipe since the 1980's. wow! ty for keeping up with the deliciousness.:)

  • Reply karen mc gurren March 30, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Can I leave them on low to take to a party after golf?

  • Reply Afner Hernández June 1, 2014 at 3:44 am

    Those look delicious! Lovely blog great recipes and photography1

  • Reply Coffeedrin October 29, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    I have had this recipe for years an make these an serve over noodLes. Luv em

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