RITZ Cranberry-Orange Meatballs

14  Ratings
  • 20 min prep
  • 45 min total
  • Makes 16 servings, 2 meatballs and 2 tsp. sauce each.

RITZ Cranberry-Orange Meatballs Recipe


  • 60 RITZ Crackers, crushed, divided
  • 1 lb. meatloaf mix (1/3 each: ground pork, beef and veal)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  •  4 tsp. zest and 1/3 cup juice from 1 orange, divided
  • 1 cup jellied cranberry sauce, divided
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 tsp. prepared horseradish


  • Heat  oven to 400°F.
  • Remove  2/3 cup cracker crumbs; place in small bowl. Reserve for later use.
  • Mix  remaining cracker crumbs with meatloaf mix, garlic, eggs, orange zest and 1/4 cup cranberry sauce just until blended; shape into 32 meatballs.
  • Cover  rimmed baking sheet with foil; spray with cooking spray. Roll, meatballs, 1 at a time, in reserved cracker crumbs until evenly coated on all sides. Place on prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake  20 to 25 min. or until done (160°F). Meanwhile, mix mayonnaise, horseradish, orange juice and remaining cranberry sauce until blended. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Serve  meatballs with the mayonnaise mixture.

Recipe Tips

Size WiseTake the time to savor the flavor of these delicious appetizers that can be included in a balanced diet on occasion.

Make AheadPrepare recipe as directed except do not bake the meatballs. Refrigerate unbaked meatballs and mayonnaise mixture in separate containers up to 24 hours. When ready to serve, place meatballs on prepared baking sheet and bake as directed, increasing the baking time if necessary until meatballs are done. Serve with the mayonnaise mixture.

Special ExtraGarnish mayonnaise mixture with a sprig of fresh parsley before serving.


Nutrition Information

Makes 16 servings, 2 meatballs and 2 tsp. sauce each.

Nutrition per serving:

    • Calories 220 
    • Total fat 14 g
    • Saturated fat 3 g
    • Cholesterol 45 mg
    • Sodium 190 mg
    • Carbohydrate 15 g
    • Dietary fiber <1 g
    • Total sugars 8 g
    •     Includes added sugars 4 g
    • Protein 6 g
    • Vitamin A 0 %DV
    • Vitamin C 4 %DV
    • Vitamin D 0 %DV
    • Calcium 2 %DV
    • Iron 4 %DV
    • Potassium 2 %DV
    • n/a indicates that data is not available

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