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Meatballs, Cranberry I (M, TNT)
Source: Original poster: Lita Lotzkar, z'l
Yield: 50-60 meatballs

1 cup dry herbed bread crumbs (I used plain and added more of the herbs below + a few of my own)
1 pound ground beef (or ground turkey) (I used extra lean ground beef)
1/2 cup cranberry-orange relish (or whole berry cranberry sauce - not jelled)
1 egg
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. flour
2 tbsp. oil (I omitted this as I baked them instead of browning them, see note below)

1/2 cup cranberry-orange relish
1 cup beef broth
1/2 cup orange juice
1 tbsp flour

Make Meatballs:
Combine bread crumbs, ground beef or turkey, 1/2 cup of relish, egg, salt, pepper, basil, garlic and thyme. Shape into 1" meatballs.

Cook in hot oil until browned, about 10 minutes.

Make Sauce:
In medium saucepan, combine 1/2 cup relish and beef broth. Heat until it gently boils.

In a bowl, combine orange juice and flour, mixing well to remove all lumps. Add to cranberry mixture, stirring until it thickens.

Reduce heat, add meatballs to sauce and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Serve in chafing dish over low heat.

Poster's Notes:
I baked them (at 350°F for about 20-25 minutes) as per similar recipes in Noreen's book (Meal Lean Yum), and then simmered them in the sauce as the recipe stated.

Posted by Shayla Goldstein

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A