Rating: 4.58 stars
36 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 25
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

These are wonderful vegetarian meatballs with a sweet and sour sauce. They're simple to make and they disappear very quickly. Make these for Christmas holiday parties. If you don't have veggie burger patties, you may use TVP, textured vegetable protein, that's available at most health food stores.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
15 mins
cook:
25 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray two cookie sheets with non-stick cooking spray.

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  • In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine eggs, cornflake crumbs, chili sauce, soy sauce, parsley flakes, dehydrated onion, vegetable burger, buttery round crackers, cream cheese, and walnuts. Shape into 72 1-inch meatballs. Arrange on prepared cookie sheets.

  • Bake the meatballs at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked through.

  • In a large saucepan, combine cranberry sauce, Russian dressing, brown sugar, and lemon juice. Cook, stirring frequently until the cranberry sauce is melted. Add the meatballs and heat through. Serve with appetizer toothpicks, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

429 calories; protein 16.3g; carbohydrates 38.1g; fat 24.8g; cholesterol 82.5mg; sodium 796.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (27)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2004
This recipe was very good however I was a little disappointed that the Russian dressing overpowered the cranberry flavor that I was expecting. If you're looking for a real cranberry flavor this is not the recipe for you. Otherwise the meatballs and sauce are very flavorful. More of a sweet/sour/chili sauce flavor. Read More
(35)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/23/2010
Mixture came out too wet. I had to add more crushed corn flakes and crackers. It would have been helpful to add the ounces used in the veggie burgers since sizes can vary quite a bit. Read More
(19)
36 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 25
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2004
This recipe was very good however I was a little disappointed that the Russian dressing overpowered the cranberry flavor that I was expecting. If you're looking for a real cranberry flavor this is not the recipe for you. Otherwise the meatballs and sauce are very flavorful. More of a sweet/sour/chili sauce flavor. Read More
(35)
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I made these for a shower and everybody there raved about how good they were. The meateaters there could not believe they were vegetarian and were eating these over the meat choices available! Read More
(29)
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
These were delicious! Being a vegetarian I always see these at potlucks but I never could try any until now! We made the meatballs one day in advance and then heated them with the sauce the next day. (we had cut down the recipe and had it along with a fondu for a romantic dinner.) My husband liked them so much he suggested we make a big batch and freeze them to keep them handy! I would not change a thing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
The cranberry sauce is fabulous especially as a holiday main dish (you might want to double the sauce recipe if you like a little extra to dip in)- but don't stop there! Throw these wonderful "meat(less)balls" into tomato sauce for a sub sandwich or pasta topper - oh the possibilities! Read More
(23)
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
These are so great even my meat-eating friends raved as they gobbled them up! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/17/2010
I was happy with the way this recipe turned out although I did make a few changes. I used Morningstar Recipe Crumbles rather than whole patties and slivered almonds instead of walnuts because that was what I had on hand. I also substituted sweet and sour sauce for both the chili sauce and the Russian dressing called for and used slightly less cream cheese and round crackers than the quantities given. Finally I used Honey Bunches of Oats instead of regular cornflakes. The mixture didn't hold together well enough to be shaped into meatballs so I ended up plopping them in the baking pan like cookies but they tasted great. My brother said they didn't taste anything like regular meatballs but he ate them anyway and my mother loved the sauce. Thanks for the recipe; I will probably make it again and try it with more of the original ingredients next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
My 3 year old would only eat these meatballs last christmas eve. He was the only one who liked it because of the sauce I used. I couldn't find russian dressing so I ended up getting a bottle of sweet & sour (some unknown brand that was left on the shelf at the grocery store christmas eve). Next time we're going to use a BBQ sauce. The meatballs turned out great we're just working on the sauce. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/23/2010
Mixture came out too wet. I had to add more crushed corn flakes and crackers. It would have been helpful to add the ounces used in the veggie burgers since sizes can vary quite a bit. Read More
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I made the sauce for this recipe and substituted turkey meatballs. Was a great success and the recipe was asked for over and over. Read More
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