Potluck Meatballs

My husband’s work has potlucks all the time, and of course he volunteers ME to cook a dish! He almost always waits until the night before, which drives me insane! Given an ample amount of time, I like to get adventurous with my recipes, but if it’s a last minute deal, I make these meatballs. They’re easy, cheap ($9) and always a crowd-pleaser.


  • 2 lbs. of frozen meatballs (I favor the home style variety over Italian for this recipe): $5.94
  • 1 12 oz. bottle of Heinz Chili Sauce: $1.86
  • 1 14 oz. can of jellied cranberry sauce: $1.18


Throw the sauces in a pot or saucepan and turn the heat up to medium/medium high.

Mash the cranberry sauce around until it’s broken up and throw in the meatballs. Mix them around in the sauce to coat them well.

Lower the heat to just under medium, cover and let them cook for about 15 minutes. You’ll know they’re done once the meatballs are tender and hot.

Since these were traveling to a potluck, the presentation wasn’t so snazzy. If I were serving them in my home as an appetizer, I would arrange them on a platter and insert toothpicks into each one for a much nicer look!

Guest Mama Debbie is the mother of one adorable daughter, A. She’s a full time working mom who tries to squeeze in as much quality time as possible. She loves all things food related, to take long drives alone, read when she gets the chance, and to relax at the end of the night with her husband on the couch.

2 Responses to Potluck Meatballs

  1. Delicious! My mom’s recipe is very similar but uses grape jelly instead of the cranberry sauce. I need to try this one next!

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