1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/2 teasp. salt
1/8 teasp. pepper
2 eggs, slightly beaten


12 oz. chili sauce
1 cup jellied cranberry sauce

1. Heat oven to 375°. In large bowl, combine all meatball ingredients; blend well. Shape into 1-inch balls; place in ungreased 15x10x1-inch baking pan.

2. Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until meatballs are browned and no longer pink in center.

3. Meanwhile, in large saucepan, combine sauce ingredients; blend well. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Add meatballs to sauce; stir to coat. Cook over medium heat about 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally. Makes 60 meatballs.

5. Make-Ahead Tip: Prepare and bake the meatballs up to 24 hours before your party. Cover and refrigerate them. Just before serving, prepare the sauce and heat the meatballs in it.

submitted by Kenny Berton, a film writer and director who’s family film Merlin’s Shop of Mystical Wonders can be seen on Showtime and HBO.