For Day 5 of  our 12 Days of recipes, we’re enjoying a more festive version of Sweet & Sour Cocktail Meatballs.

12 Days of Recipes - Day 5

These meatballs are a very popular menu item during the holidays and I put a slightly more elegant spin on the traditional recipe by using whole berry cranberry sauce in place of jelly.

Post - Cranberry Meatballs

Cranberry Meatballs


2 pounds ground beef
2 eggs
1/2 cup bread or cracker crumbs
1/2 cup water
Salt, pepper and garlic salt to taste


1 bottle chili sauce
1 can (1-1/2 cups) whole berry cranberry sauce

Mix sauce ingredients and heat before adding meat balls. Form meatball ingredients into balls and put in sauce. Cover and simmer at least 45 minutes if cooking on stove, and 2 hours if cooking in crock pot.

*Photo Source



About the Author

Kelly Donlea is a Barrington mom, chef, cookbook author the owner of Organizing Dinner, a company that brings sensible cooking solutions to busy people. She has published several cookbooks and one of her specialties is helping parents plan family meals with fewer trips to the grocery store. Kelly also offers cooking classes and demonstrations in your home or public facility. To learn more about Kelly, her recipes and her services, you’ll find her Facebook page by clicking HERE and her website at Kelly is going to be sharing recipes, cooking tips and special features about chefs and popular menu items at area restaurants right here at

To explore more of Kelly’s recipes in your own kitchen, her cookbooks are your best companion and they also make great holiday gifts! CLICK HERE to read more about her books, titled 70 Meals One Trip to the Store and 30 Spectacular Salads.

Please join us as we discover local culinary treasures and new kitchen classics in our weekly food feature here at called “Barrington Eats” with Kelly Donlea!

If you’d like to us to feature you favorite chef, restaurant or food store or if you have a food related question that you’d like Kelly to answer, make a quick stop at the 365 Barrington Suggestion Box and leave us a note in the form which you’ll find by clicking HERE or simply leave your comment in the box below.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Latest from Blog