Ok, I can’t hide it anymore. I am a meatball fanatic. This is my third meatball recipe in about as many months so it’s clear that I have an obsession. Can I blame it on my daughter, the meatball queen of the universe, who begs for them at least once a week? How about Max our dog, whose drool pools on the floor just from smelling them? These two might initiate the meatball frenzy but they hardly have to twist my arm. These meatballs are fun because they are made of turkey and have a nice blend of spicy and sweet. And since you make them in the Crockpot, it’s no wonder I resort to meatballs for dinner so often!
Want to know the real reason I made these turkey meatballs? It was because I had leftover cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving that needed to be used up. First, pour 2 cups of cranberry sauce and 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce into a medium saucepan and heat it up until it is nice and smooth.
If you don’t have any homemade cranberry sauce, you can simply use a 16 oz can of the jellied version. Heat the sauce until it pours easily.
Now, dump a bag of your favorite turkey meatballs into the Crockpot. I usually use Armour turkey meatballs because they have the best flavor, but occasionally I use Walmart’s store brand Great Value. Pour the cranberry sauce mixture over the top and coat all the meat. Set the slow cooker on LOW for 4 hours and PRESTO CHANGE-O…dinner is ready!
Most nights I keep it simple and just serve the turkey meatballs with a side vegetable like broccoli or 10 Minute Roasted Asparagus. But I think this would be a fun dish to turn into a snazzy appetizer for a Christmas party or potluck. Set them out on WARM in the Crockpot with a tube of toothpicks. I bet they’ll disappear in no time.
Crockpot Turkey Meatballs in Cranberry Sauce
- 2 cups or 16 oz can cranberry sauce
- 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
- 24-36 frozen turkey meatballs
- Heat cranberry and BBQ sauce in a medium sized sauce pan until smooth.
- Pour over the frozen turkey meatballs in the Crockpot.
- Stir meatballs until thoroughly coated.
- Set Crockpot on LOW for 4 hours, stirring occasionally.
- Serve warm.