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Holiday Meatballs

Featured in: "The Blessed Season"

1 bag frozen meatballs (roughly 26 oz., 50 pieces) 

1 c. ketchup 

¼ c. brown sugar 

¼ c. vinegar 

½ c. water 

2 T. Worcestershire sauce 

¼ c. chopped onion 

1 14-oz can whole-berry cranberry sauce 

Place the meatballs in a greased, oven-proof casserole dish. Mix the sauce ingredients, pour over the meatballs, and stir. Bake for 1 hour at 375 degrees. Slow-cooker version: Cook everything on low for 3-4 hours.  

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Nothing’s easier for a hearty appetizer than meatballs … especially when they come precooked in a bag! If you’re ambitious and have the time, make your own; otherwise, a pouch from the freezer section of the grocery store works fine. The secret here is the sauce, which can be as spicy or mild as you like, with a few easy adjustments: substitute chili sauce for some/most of the ketchup, or add a bit of diced jalapeno peppers. The cranberries are a festive upgrade from the grape jelly that’s often found in recipes like this one. 

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