Turkey Cocktail Meatballs is a great appetizer for your holiday cocktail party. The cranberry glaze is out of this world!
If you’re looking for the perfect holiday appetizer, look no further than these turkey cocktail meatballs with cranberry glaze!
The homemade cranberry glaze cooks in a few hours in the slow cooker and then you can throw the meatballs right in and let them get all glazed up.
This was my first attempt at making homemade cranberry sauce. To be honest, my favorite kind is the stuff out of the can. I know, it pains some people to hear me say that, but I can’t help it. It’s what I had growing up and it kind of stuck with me.
But I came up with the perfect solution. I made homemade cranberry sauce that tastes like the kind from the can! It’s a little bit better than the canned version, I will admit. Not as much sugar for one, and for two, it has bourbon.
But it still is sweet, with a little tartness from the orange zest and of course from the cranberries. I pulled out my handy Better Zester that I received from KitchenIQ to grate my oranges. These graters are pretty rock star - the blade of the grater is extra sharp, so zesting is a breeze.
You start by making the cranberry sauce in your slow cooker. Basically add in all the ingredients and give it a stir. Set it to high for three hours and then puree with stick blender until it’s smooth.
In the meantime you can start the turkey meatballs. They do taste better to me if you pan fry them first – an extra step but definitely worth it.
Since the turkey meat is really moist I sprayed my hands with cooking spray first before I started rolling so they wouldn’t stick and make a mess.
After they’re browned you can set them aside until your sauce is ready and then add them to the slow cooker.
You can let them go for six hours on low or they’ll be done in two on high.
These turkey meatballs with cranberry glaze are a perfect appetizer for any holiday dinner you might be hosting or you could even serve them with rice or noodles for dinner!
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