Italian Meatball Recipe

a great homemade recipe

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Who needs the classic Swedish meatballs.... with this Italian meatball recipe made with barbecue sauce and cranberry sauce, your guests will be begging for more.

With these easy Italian meatballs you may be handing out more than just "seconds" when your guests ask for the recipe.

Bite-size Meatballs (Italian style)

Prep 20 min. Total 35 min.


2 lb. lean ground beef

1 (6 oz.) pkg. stuffing mix for chicken
(we recommend Stove top)

1 cup water

2 eggs

1 (16 oz.) bottle barbecue sauce (any flavor)

1 (16 oz.) can whole berry cranberry sauce

1 tsp. Italian seasoning

Makes 25 servings, 2 meatballs each

Healthy substitutes: Make with lean ground turkey meat instead of beef.


Heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Line 2 (15x10x1-inch) pans with foil; spray with cooking spray. Mix meat stuffing mix, water, eggs, and seasoning until blended. Shape into 50 -1 1/2 inch meatballs' place in prepared pans.

Bake 15 min. or until done (160 degrees Fahrenheit). Meanwhile, bring barbecue sauce and cranberry sauce to a boil in a large saucepan on medium heat, stirring occasionally.

Add meatballs to sauce; stir to evenly coat. Serve warm.

Make Ahead: Meatballs can be prepared 1 to 2 in advance as directed or make weeks in advance and freeze. Freeze in zip-lock freezer bags and lay flat, so meatballs don't stick together. Thaw in refrigerator for several hours or overnight before reheating in microwave or oven.

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