Dorothy’s Cranberry Meatballs

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Beautifully presented, Dorothy’s Cranberry Meatballs are simply made with the delicious combination of cranberry and orange, Dorothy Lynch for some pizzaz, and some brown sugar to sweeten the deal.

 

Dorothy's Cranberry Meatballs in a bowl

Quite possibly the perfect holiday appetizer. Dorothy’s Cranberry Meatballs cooked to serve in a skillet or your slow cooker. Simple ingredients, beautiful presentation.

The holidays are upon us. It’s time to break out your favorite appetizers, and get ready to wow your friends and family at all of those parties and get-togethers! 

Of course, you don’t need a party to need a reason to enjoy these cranberry meatballs. We last devoured them on a Saturday, watching football.

 

This post is sponsored by Dorothy Lynch Dressing & Condiment, but my opinions and love of Nebraska’s own Dorothy Lynch are all my own.  

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Dorothy's Cranberry Meatballs with Dorothy Lynch

Dorothy Lynch adds zest and flavor to so many recipes. It’s not just for salads, my friends. Although…it’s always our go-to for those, too! 

What is Dorothy Lynch?

“The” Dorothy Lynch was a woman, who created this dressing in the 1940s, and served it at a restaurant she and her husband ran at the local Legion Club in St. Paul, Nebraska. The dressing became so popular, that patrons would bring in their own bottles to have Dorothy fill them to eat at home.  

Dorothy Lynch Dressing & Condiment can best be described as a sweet and spicy dressing that has a thick and creamy texture. Because of its color, many will assume it’s just another French dressing, but that simply isn’t true at all. In fact, it tastes nothing like it. French dressing is oil based, Dorothy Lynch is tomato based. The best word to describe its taste: Homemade.  

 

How Can I use Dorothy Lynch, except for on a salad?

Don’t get me wrong, Dorothy Lynch is amazing on a salad. In fact, most of us Nebraskans came to know it that way.  

But Dorothy Lynch is so much more than salad dressing. It’s delicious as a condiment, dipping fries, pizza and best of all, fried chicken in it is crazy good!

You can even substitute Dorothy Lynch Light & Lean for a lower-calorie option with the same endless flavorbilities.

 

But when you get creative and start adding it to recipes? That’s when things get really tasty! I have used it in all sorts of ways this past year. Check them out!

 

 

A much better version of a Sloppy Joe, the Sloppy Dorothy has proven to be a fan favorite. Even my husband who wouldn’t touch a Sloppy Joe with a ten foot pole asked for seconds. 

 

Sloppy Dorothy Sandwiches
SLOPPY DOROTHY SANDWICHES Move over Joe!! There is a new and improved version of your classic. These Sloppy Dorothy sandwiches are made with Dorothy Lynch Dressing and will have you licking your fingers in pure satisfaction!

 

Last year for the Super Bowl, we noshed on this pull-apart bread. Do you know how grilled cheese and tomato soup go together perfectly? It’s like that.

 

Dorothy's Cheesy Bacon Pull-Apart Bread
DOROTHY’S CHEESY BACON PULL-APART BREAD Garlic-buttery cracked sourdough bread, packed with bacon and three kinds of cheese, baked to perfection. That extra-special ingredient? Dorothy Lynch Homestyle Dressing & Condiment! This is one EPIC appetizer.

 

Over the summer, I made barbeque sauce out of Dorothy Lynch. You may think making a condiment from a condiment sounds weird, but trust me, this will be your new favorite BBQ sauce.

 

Dorothy's BBQ Pork Chops on a platter
DOROTHY’S BBQ PORK CHOPS Boneless pork loin chops, grilled on a smoker, slathered in homemade Dorothy Lynch BBQ Sauce.

 

Do you have an air fryer? I made homemade taco bowls in my air fryer and filled them up with taco salad, but not just any ordinary taco salad. I used the Dorothy Lynch in not only the taco seasoning for the ground beef, but I made a taco sauce from it, too!

 

Taco Salad with Dorothy Lynch Taco Sauce
TACO SALADS WITH DOROTHY LYNCH TACO SAUCE Taco Salads made with Dorothy Lynch Taco Sauce – served in homemade taco bowls. The Dorothy Lynch leads to a whole new level of flavor in the ground beef as well as this spicy, slightly sweet and tangy taco sauce. Finish them off with all of your favorite toppings!

 

Tailgating season kicked off to a yummy start when I made pulled pork in my slow cooker. I loaded it on buns then topped them with a homemade coleslaw made with Dorothy Lynch.

 

Crock Pot Pulled Pork with Dorothy Lynch Coleslaw
CROCK POT® PULLED PORK WITH DOROTHY LYNCH COLESLAW Perfectly done pulled pork, slow-cooked in your crockpot all day, piled on a bun and topped with Dorothy Lynch Coleslaw.

 

I wrapped up tailgating season with these homemade pizza pockets, prepared in the air fryer, too! Puff pastry pockets, full of cheese, pepperoni and a pizza sauce made with the tangy tomato flavor of Dorothy Lynch.

 

Dorothy's Pizza Pockets HERO
DOROTHY’S PIZZA POCKETS Flaky puff pastry wrapped around pepperoni, cheese, and a sweet and tangy sauce — Dorothy’s Pizza Pockets are portable and delicious! ** Oven & Air Fryer Methods

 

 

See? It’s hardly just a salad dressing. There are so many delicious ways to eat Dorothy Lynch Salad Dressing & Condiment. How will you try it?

 

Dorothy's Cranberry Meatball on toothpick

For the holidays, I think these cranberry meatballs would be a terrific place to start!

 

Ingredients in Dorothy’s Cranberry Meatballs:

 

Yep! That’s it. Five ingredients and you can prepare Dorothy’s Cranberry Meatballs on your stovetop or in your slow cooker. I did mine in my cast iron skillet on the stovetop and served them right from the skillet. They stayed warm for quite a while in it. If you are concerned about them maintaining their temperature, use a crockpot, or transfer them to the slow cooker to stay warm.

 

Dorothy's Cranberry Meatballs ingredients

Simply mix together cranberry sauce, Dorothy Lynch, clementine juice and zest in a bowl.

I make my Mom’s Cranberry Sauce. It’s flavored with orange and pineapple, and worked beautifully for this recipe. If you are in a pinch, buy the kind at the store, but get the real stuff, not the weird canned kind. 

 

Dorothy's Cranberry Meatballs prep

Place the frozen meatballs in your skillet or your slow cooker and cover them with sauce. Place a lid on it. Cook until meatballs are cooked through. 

 

Dorothy's Cranberry Meatballs in skillet

I garnished them with fresh parsley. It’s not necessary, but it looks festive, don’t you think?

 

Dorothy's Cranberry Meatballs top view

I placed a trivet on the counter and we at them right out of the hot skillet with decorative toothpicks. Fewer dishes make mama happy. If you have little ones enjoying them, you might consider placing them in a bowl. We don’t need anyone getting burned!

 

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WHERE DO I GET MY OWN BOTTLE OF DOROTHY LYNCH?

Dorothy Lynch Dressing & Condiment can be purchased at most grocery stores in Nebraska and can be found at select grocery stores west of the Mississippi, including Walmart and Hy-Vee. If you can’t find it there, you can always get your pantry stocked with Dorothy Lynch by shopping Buy Nebraska or Amazon!

Make sure to follow along with Dorothy Lynch on their website, and their PinterestFacebook and Twitter account for delicious recipes all year long.

 

Dorothy's Cranberry Meatballs HERO

Let’s make Dorothy’s Cranberry Meatballs!  M.

 

Yield: 10 servings

Dorothy's Cranberry Meatballs

Dorothy's Cranberry Meatballs in a bowl

Beautifully presented, Dorothy’s Cranberry Meatballs are simply made with the delicious combination of cranberry and orange, Dorothy Lynch for some pizzaz, and some brown sugar to sweeten the deal.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (22 ounce) package frozen beef meatballs
  • 2 cups cranberry sauce
  • ½ cup Dorothy Lynch Homestyle or Light & Lean
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • Juice and Zest of two clementines (or 2 Tablespoons orange juice and 2 teaspoons orange zest)
  • Fresh parsley for garnishing

Instructions

  1. Mix together cranberry sauce, clementine juice, zest, brown sugar, and Dorothy Lynch.
  2. Place frozen meatballs in a skillet or your slow cooker.
  3. Pour sauce over meatballs, stir to coat.
  4. Cover and cook until meatballs are heated through.

Notes

Meatballs will cook in about 20 minutes on the stove over medium heat.

To slow cook meatballs, cook on high for about one hour, or low for about 2 hours.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10 servings

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 130Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 28mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 1gSugar: 26gProtein: 1g

Nutrition isn't guaranteed accurate.

 

 

 

 

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9 Comments

  1. Oh my, those meatballs look mighty delicious. I’ve never tried Dorothy Lynch dressing before, but you’ve convinced me that I’m missing out. Will definitely be on the lookout during my next grocery stop. 🙂

  2. These are the best meatballs to serve as appetizers, and I made them for tonight’s Christmas Eve dinner. I love the taste and the combination with sweet and savory.

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