Combine only five ingredients together in the slow cooker to make these Crockpot Meatballs with Cranberry Sauce and Orange! Packed with fresh flavor, these meatballs are an easy appetizer for holiday parties or potluck dinners. #cranberry #orange #slowcooker #crockpot #meatballs #recipe #appetizer #holiday #dinner #parties

Crockpot Meatballs with Cranberry Sauce

Combine only five ingredients together in the slow cooker to make these Crockpot Meatballs with Cranberry Sauce! These meatballs are an easy appetizer for holiday parties or potluck dinners.

If you love cranberry party recipes, try these Cranberry Brie Bites (only 4 ingredients!) or these Cranberry Moscow Mules.

Combine only five ingredients together in the slow cooker to make these Crockpot Meatballs with Cranberry Sauce and Orange! Packed with fresh flavor, these meatballs are an easy appetizer for holiday parties or potluck dinners. #cranberry #orange #slowcooker #crockpot #meatballs #recipe #appetizer #holiday #dinner #parties

Crockpot meatballs are my go-to holiday appetizer! They are quick and easy and require only five minutes of prep work. Pop them into your slow cooker and a few hours later you have a flavorful appetizer made for sharing. While you can enjoy these Crockpot Meatballs with Cranberry Sauce all year long, they are especially great for the holidays. The orange juice enhances the flavor of the cranberries and creates a delicious appetizer for entertaining during the holiday season.

Combine only five ingredients together in the slow cooker to make these Crockpot Meatballs with Cranberry Sauce and Orange! Packed with fresh flavor, these meatballs are an easy appetizer for holiday parties or potluck dinners. #cranberry #orange #slowcooker #crockpot #meatballs #recipe

Cranberry meatballs

Enjoy these meatballs throughout the year by using frozen cranberries to make your own homemade cranberry sauce. Although fresh cranberries are only harvested once per year, we enjoy fresh cranberry flavor throughout the year by stocking my freezer with frozen cranberries. Anything you can make with fresh cranberries, you can also make with frozen cranberries. We use pre-cooked frozen meatballs to keep this recipe convenient and easy. By keeping all of the ingredients for these cranberry meatballs on hand, you can pull together an easy last-minute appetizer.

cranberry meatballs in a crockpot

 

How to Make Crockpot Meatballs with Cranberry Sauce

Making meatballs in the crockpot is so easy! Combine all five ingredients – meatballs, cranberry sauce, orange juice, red pepper flakes and honey in a crockpot. Cook on high for two hours or low for four hours. When the meatballs are done, stir to combine, garnish with fresh parsley or orange zest and enjoy! Minimal prep work and even less clean up.

Combine only five ingredients together in the slow cooker to make these Crockpot Meatballs with Cranberry Sauce and Orange! Packed with fresh flavor, these meatballs are an easy appetizer for holiday parties or potluck dinners. #cranberry #orange #slowcooker #crockpot #meatballs #recipe #appetizer

Tips for making this meatball appetizer

  • Use homemade or store-bought cranberry sauce.
  • Garnish with orange zest before serving for more citrus flavor.
  • You can prep these meatballs up to a day in advance. Reheat in the slow cooker and serve on the warm setting.
  • Serve the meatballs with other easy appetizer recipes like Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip or Baba Ganoush and Homemade Pita Chips.

Combine only five ingredients together in the slow cooker to make these Crockpot Meatballs with Cranberry Sauce and Orange! Packed with fresh flavor, these meatballs are an easy appetizer for holiday parties or potluck dinners. #cranberry #orange #slowcooker #crockpot #meatballs

Cocktail meatballs are one of our favorite appetizers to serve. Just dump all of the ingredients into the crockpot and wait for them to cook. It’s that easy! And the result is a tasty appetizer that everyone loves. If you’re looking for more party meatball recipes, try a few of our favorites below.

Cocktail meatballs recipes:

Crockpot Meatballs with Cranberry Sauce and Orange

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
 
Combine only five ingredients together in the slow cooker to make these Crockpot Meatballs with Cranberry Sauce and Orange! 
Combine only five ingredients together in the slow cooker to make these Crockpot Meatballs with Cranberry Sauce and Orange! Packed with fresh flavor, these meatballs are an easy appetizer for holiday parties or potluck dinners. #cranberry #orange #slowcooker #crockpot #meatballs #recipe #appetizer #holiday #dinner #parties
4.5 from 2 votes

Ingredients

  • 1 (14 oz) can whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup Orange Juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 2 (12 oz) bags frozen pre-cooked meatballs
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley or orange zest (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place the cranberry sauce, orange juice, honey, and red pepper flakes in the crock of a slow cooker. Whisk until well combined.

  2. Place the meatballs in the crock pot and stir until coated.

  3. Cook for 2 hours on high or 4 hours on low. Keep warm in slow cooker, stirring occasionally until ready to serve. Garnish with parsley or orange zest, if desired.

Notes

  • Make these meatballs up to one day in advance. Reheat the meatballs in the slow cooker just prior to serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 227, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 30mg, Sodium: 47mg, Potassium: 181mg, Carbohydrates: 29g, Sugar: 28g, Protein: 7g, Vitamin A: 240%, Vitamin C: 9.7%, Calcium: 11%, Iron: 0.7%

*Nutritional information is an estimate. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist for the most accurate nutritional info.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry meatballs, crockpot cranberry meatballs, slow cooker cranberry meatballs, slow cooker meatballs
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