Cranberry Orange Meatballs Appetizer Anytime by Gordon Ramsay

Cranberry Orange Meatballs Appetizer Anytime

These festive flavored cranberry orange meatballs are perfect on a holiday buffet or as a little nibble while waiting on the big meal to finish up.Cranberry Orange Cocktail Meatballs

I hate to imagine life without a bag of frozen meatballs in my freezer. I have used them for last minute parties, potlucks, fellowships, and even entire family dinners when the need arose. Making them homemade is always great but having that bag of all beef meatballs (we also love the turkey ones) on hand for “food emergencies” has saved the day on more occasions than I care to count.

Perfect for the Holidays

Another favorite recipes for meatballs are my Dr Pepper Meatballs, but these cranberry orange meatballs are the sweet and mildly spicy cousin to Mr Dr. Pepper Meatballs and come in at a very close second.  They have a distinctive holiday flare to their taste.

Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs

Ingredients you’ll need to make Cranberry Orange Meatballs:

  • Fully cooked frozen meatballs
  • Whole berry cranberry sauce
  • Chili sauce
  • Honey
  • Orange juice
  • Salt and pepper

Do you always end up with one random can of cranberry sauce in your pantry? I do! This is what that can was meant for. 🙂

How to Make Cranberry Orange Meatballs Step By Step

  • Place all ingredients except for meatballs into a large sauce pot or dutch oven.
  • Bring just to a boil over medium high heat while stirring often.
  • Carefully add meatballs and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, until they are heated through and sauce is thickened.

Cranberry Orange Cocktail Meatballs


I hope y’all are as excited as I am about the holidays coming up! The leaves are beautiful and the chill is in the air. We always looking forward to Thanksgiving all year and I can’t believe we are finally in the home stretch! What are your Thanksgiving plans?

Recipe for Cranberry Meatballs Appetizer

Cranberry Orange Meatball Appetizer


  • Approximately 1.5 pounds frozen fully cooked meatballs we use all beef or turkey
  • 1 can whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • ½ cup chili sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Combine everything except meatballs in a dutch oven or similar pot on stovetop. Stirring constantly, bring just to a boil over medium high heat.

  • Reduce heat to medium low. Carefully add meatballs and stir to coat. Continue cooking until meatballs are heated through and sauce is thickened, 15-20 minutes.

  • Serve on their own as an appetizer or over rice as a meal.

You might enjoy these other meatball recipes:

Crock Pot Salisbury Meatballs

Dr Pepper Meatballs 

Puff Pastry Meatball Marinara Bites

Speedy Italian Meatball Soup

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