Cape Cod-style meatballs with cranberries

Constantly Cooking with Paula Roy

A tasty party treat or main dish!

As a Canadian, I have often wondered why cranberries feature prominently in a number of recipes whose origins are attributed to Cape Cod. However, I recently learned that the majority of the United States’ approximately 1,100 cranberry farms are concentrated in Massachusetts (Cape Cod’s state) and Wisconsin (by comparison most Canadian commercial cranberry operations are in Quebec and British Columbia). These meatballs are based on a classic treat that’s been served up at cocktail parties decades, although I’ve taken a little liberty with the traditional recipe handed to me by a lifelong Cape Codder to reflect my preference for a less sweet and slightly spicier dish. You can serve the meatballs ‘as is’ with toothpicks for snacking, or spoon them and the sauce over rice to turn it into an easy and delicious meal.


  • 2 teaspoons (10 mL) canola oil
  • 1 pound…

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