Sweet, tangy meatballs fit for a party

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Sweet, tangy meatballs fit for a party

The sweet, tangy flavor of these Cocktail Meatballs with Cranberry Marinara is better suited to party food than a plate of spaghetti.
Cocktail Meatballs with Cranberry Marinara

Start to finish: 30 minutes

Servings: Makes 50 meatballs

Ingredients:

3 eggs, beaten

¼ cup finely chopped cilantro

1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno slices

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons fennel seeds

2 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon onion powder

½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

Kosher salt and ground black pepper

3 pounds ground beef (93 percent lean)

14-ounce can whole berry cranberry sauce

15-ounce can diced tomatoes

Splash of hot sauce

Method:

Heat the oven to 425 F. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking oil.

In a large bowl, combine the eggs, cilantro, jalapenos, garlic, fennel, oregano, onion powder, red pepper flakes, 2 teaspoons of salt and ½ teaspoon of pepper. Whisk until well combined. Add the ground beef, then mix gently until completely blended. Divide the mixture into 50 balls, using about 2 tablespoons of the mixture per ball. Arrange the meatballs on the prepared baking sheet.

Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake the meatballs for 20 minutes. Increase heat to broil and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the cranberry sauce and diced tomatoes. Bring to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper.

When the meatballs are done, arrange on a platter, then spoon the cranberry mixture over them. Serve with toothpicks.

Nutrition information per meatball: 60 calories; 15 calories from fat (25 percent of total calories); 1.5 g fat (0.5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 30 mg cholesterol; 4 g carbohydrate; 0 g fiber; 2 g sugar; 6 g protein; 270 mg sodium.

Sweet, tangy meatballs fit for a party

The sweet, tangy flavor of these Cocktail Meatballs with Cranberry Marinara is better suited to party food than a plate of spaghetti.
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